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Work of Art / S.T.A.R

Essential & Deepening Questions

River of Wisdom

Migration / Journey

'Scenes along the River at Qingming Festival'

Who am I?  What am I doing?  Where am I going?  Why?

Sustainability.....MLK Question "What Are You Doing For Others?"

Balance - Economy / Environment / Quality of Life - in art, in math, in persuasive writing

Davinci - Deluge Over a City 1517

da Vinci Timeline of all of his art

Vivaldi - The Four Seasons

Camille Saint-Saens - Carnival of the Animals

Peter & The Wolf (Yellowstone Park)

How am I connected to the world.... to other people - past, present and future, and to the Earth and beyond?


Chief Seattle's Letter - "Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother? What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth.

This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself"


2 x 2 Cost/Benefit Reasoning Global Climate Change & Inaction

China: Selling Solar Panels Too Cheap?

Bill McKibben - Deep Economy

The Conversion of a Climate Change Skeptic

Gaia Theory - Connectedness & Balance



Can a Robot have a conscience?

Exponential, nanotechnology, A.I.,

Shackleton & Lewis & Clark


Solar System, navigation

Holst - The Planets




Bernstein - Freedom Concert

The Apotheosis of George Washington

Bernstein, modifies Shakespeare (Polonious) and Beethoven (Joy to Freedom)

The End of History?


Lincoln & Darwin


Heros - Creators & Designers of the Modern World


Sun Yat-sen

Chinese Heros

Walls, Bridges, Ladders & Stairs

High Quality Human Relationships

Robert Frost 'Mending Wall'

Great Wall of China, Berlin Wall, Israili Wall, Mexican Wall, King Kong Wall

How might we usefully understand and improve our relationships with each other?

Consider Covey - & repair bridges.....make 'investments'......

Kong Wall description on the boat & 'Story' at beginning of the Broadway Opening......ending - cause / effect - What killed the beast?


Who put the Civil in Civilization?


The earliest Civilizations - Mesopotamia, Egypt, India & China

What are the key features of civilization?

How are the earliest civilizations similar and different?

Sound Advice

Sound Advice


In Western Thought - Socrates, Christ, Judaism, Mohammed, Joseph Smith

In the East - Confucius, Buddha, Taoism, Hinduism

How should we live our lives?

The Strength of Diversity


Baseline Essays


Time & Space


Health & Safety


Community & Quality of Life


Imagination / Innovation


Appolo 13


How are You Smart? Intelligence as 'Seeing the Light!'



Triangles of Trade



The Builders, 1950 by Fernand Leger


Why build these cities glorious, if man unbuilded goes? In vain we build the world, unless the builder grows.

--Edwin Markham


Treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of another, always as an end and never as a means.

--Immanuel Kant

Noticing Deeply, sometimes too deeply


Find Jackson Pollock's Signature

Famous People/ Americans / Famous Georgians


Thinking & Reason


The Thinker by Rodin 1900 & Pensiero 'The Thoughtful One' by Michelangelo 1534

Inductive & Deductive Reasoning -

Fiction / Non-Fiction

Famous Sayings, Parables, Aphorisms


Compare & Contrast Shackleton (27/5000) and Lewis & Clark (23?)
Recruitment notice read 'Men wanted for hazzardous journey - Small wages, Bitter cold, safe return doubtful'    Strength lies in unity......

Both......had journals

Success / failure??

S Set a new goal - 'to save every life'

Creative Problem Solving -
S 'we will slide'

Trust - 'The Boss' will come back   .......held away from return to Elephant Island for 3 months

S - ship 'Endurance'

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