ENVIRONMENT Sacred natural spaces can offer biodiversity and great opportunities for conservation. (Smithsonian) How do spiritual landscapes differ from other cultural landscapes? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas A new study examines biodiversity in sacred natural sites. What are sacred natural sites? Sacred natural sites (SNSs) are locations, natural landmarks, or natural geographic features that … Continue reading Sacred Sites Can Be Hotspots of Conservation
What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at email@example.com. This week, we learned … … urine, not chlorine, causes itchy eyes in pools. Dive in! … how we talk about teachers, and why it might be worth it to pay them $100,000 … or more. Stay tuned to TeachingCenter for details. … how “sushi” children … Continue reading 15 Things We Learned This Week!
WORLD The discovery may shed light on the lost world of Odysseus and other heroes described in the epics of Homer. (Nat Geo News and New York Times) Use our resources to learn more about Odysseus and Ancient Greece. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including our MapMaker Interactive map of The Odyssey! Discussion Ideas According to Nat Geo News, an … Continue reading Grave of ‘Griffin Warrior’ Uncovered in Greece
ARTS The British Museum has lent one of the so-called “Elgin Marbles” to Russia. What are the Elgins, what is cultural repatriation, and why is this such a controversy? (The Telegraph) Use our resources to better understand cultural repatriation. Should the statues be returned to Greece? Scroll down to vote! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion … Continue reading Everything about the Elgins
Although the Fourth of July
may feel like a very American celebration, it represents a very worldly ideal, independence. All around the world, every month of the year, countries celebrate their sovereignty with flag-raising, parades, fireworks, and much more.
The process of gaining independence, and its celebration, is broadly defined. In various countries, such as the United States, Independence Day commemorates independent statehood gained over a former colonial power, such as Great Britain. In other states, such as Slovenia, Independence Day acknowledges a state’s break from being part of another nation or state, such as Yugoslavia. In rarer cases, Independence Day assumes the end of a military occupation, war, or another state’s control of a country’s foreign affairs.
Independence Day celebrations vary greatly in their celebrations, festivities, and traditions. In our Five for Friday
series, we explore some cool, quirky, and unusual independence day celebrations worldwide.
Separation of church and state? Not on Greek Independence Day! Marking the start of the Greek War of Independence
from the Ottoman Empire in 1821, March 25 is a double holiday, also celebrating the religious Feast of the Annunciation
. An unusually festive day, it is celebrated with festivals and parades while dressed in traditional Greek costumes, waving the customary white and blue of the Greek nation.
Traditional Greek changing of the guard in front of parliament, Athens.
Photo courtesy of Paul Freifeld, MyShot.
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