Susan Jacoby's essay, “When Bright Girls Decide that Math is a Waste of Time”
William J. Bennett's essay, “What Really Ails America”
Neil Postman's essay, “Order in the Classroom”
Leon Botstein's editorial, “Let Teen-Agers Try Adulthood”
Horace Mann's speech, “Report to the Massachusetts Board of Education”
Austin Channell's TEDx Talk, “Why Taking Choir Kept Me from Being Valedictorian”
Sir Ken Robinson's RSA Animate talk,“Changing Education Paradigms”
Benjamin Barber's essay, “America Skips School”
Malcolm X's essay, "Learning to Read," an excerpt from his autobiography
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s essay, "Delusions of Grandeur" (with an updated introduction!)
Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt, memoirs, The Pact
Recommended websites for Rhetorical Historical papers:
Samohi Library page to access SIRS/Proquest Databases: You'll need the username and password!
American Rhetoric - index of historical speeches, complete with audio/video!
Pew Research Center - a nonpartisan fact tank with statistics and information about all sorts of wonderfully random things
For help with MLA Format and your working bibliography, consult these resources from Purdue's Online Writing Lab:
Or these resources from Diana Hacker and Bedford/St. Martin's:
General Works Cited Format - there's a pull-down menu for citation types and examples
And don't forget, there are some basic MLA reminders and samples beginning on page 35 of your binder reminder!
The Scarlet Letter: No Fear edition, which gives a "modern text" side-by-side with the original text
AUDIO RESOURCES FOR COMMERCIALS:Audacity Getting Started Guide