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Mexican archaeologists reveal ancient Aztec school

archaeologicalnews:

Archaeologists in Mexico teamed up with Spain for an ambitious exhibition that showcases dozens of artefacts from an exclusive school for the children of Aztec nobility.

With over 80 priceless pieces ranging from an elaborate altar to a skull encrusted with prehispanic art, the Cultural Centre of Spain in Mexico City is home to an exhibition that is a first in the country.

The Calmecac is an exclusive ancient school and breeding ground of future Aztec leaders. Offering visitors a glimpse of life in the ancient kingdom, this was where well-to-do Mesoamerican youth learnt their craft.

“So this was an institution where the children of nobility, generally speaking, were prepared to be future leaders and governors of Tenochtitlan or warriors,” said spokesperson for Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, Javier Gonzalez. Read more.

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What you learn in school is only a bottle-full from an ocean of history.
Ahmaad Gray (via kwendelutalo)
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Our education system is predicated on the idea of academic ability. And there’s a reason. The whole system was invented — around the world, there were no public systems of education, really, before the 19th century. They all came into being to meet the needs of industrialism. So the hierarchy is rooted on two ideas. Number one, that the most useful subjects for work are at the top. So you were probably steered benignly away from things at school when you were a kid, things you liked, on the grounds that you would never get a job doing that. Is that right? “Don’t do music, you’re not going to be a musician; don’t do art, you won’t be an artist.” Benign advice — now, profoundly mistaken. The whole world is engulfed in a revolution. And the second is academic ability, which has really come to dominate our view of intelligence, because the universities designed the system in their image. If you think of it, the whole system of public education around the world is a protracted process of university entrance. And the consequence is that many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they’re not, because the thing they were good at at school wasn’t valued, or was actually stigmatized. And I think we can’t afford to go on that way.
Ken Robinson (via kushnstarbucks)

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aotus:

Together We Can Do It!

We just launched the Citizen Archivist Dashboard (http://www.archives.gov/citizen-archivist/).  We encourage you to get involved in elevating the visibility of the records of the United States. Did you know that many grade school children aren’t taught cursive handwriting anymore and can’t read cursive?  Help us transcribe records and guarantee that school children can make use of our documents.  I have transcribed one myself!

Read more on the AOTUS blog…

No?  Of course some people’s cursive writing can’t be read by anyone at all, but still, I didn’t know it wasn’t even being taught anymore in some cases. I wonder who is taught and who is not? Anyway, interesting and worthy project.

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