James Madison Birthday

Gay Lynn HillStudy Break

Happy 267th Birthday, James Madison! While you know Madison to be the fourth president and Father of the Constitution, celebrate his March 16 birthday and read about some of his little known facts. Yes, he was that small - Madison was 5 feet 4 inches tall, and tipped the scale at 100 lbs., making him the smallest chief executive in U.S. ... Read More

Mar. 22 – Goof Off!

Gay Lynn HillBell Ringers, Economics

Mar. 22 is National Goof Off Day. One of the most classic films about goofing off is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. And one of the important concepts in economics is scarcity. We all have finite resources, and among them is time. For some people, spending a day in school comes at a high cost. In the movie, Ferris decides to ... Read More

Mar. 19 – League of Nations

Gay Lynn HillBell Ringers, Government

On Mar. 19, 1920, the United States Senate rejected Woodrow Wilson’s League of Nations treaty. Woodrow Wilson believed that forward-thinking individuals could use the example of World War I to end war altogether. His idealism, however, was in stark contrast with the goals of the allies, who wanted to punish Germany. The linchpin of the new world order which was ... Read More

Mar. 20 – Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Gay Lynn HillAmerican History, Bell Ringers

On Mar. 20, 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe published Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Stowe’s abolitionist novel galvanized abolitionist sentiment in many northern states by portraying the way in which the system of slavery dehumanized individuals and destroyed families. The novel sold 300,000 copies in its first year alone. Uncle Tom’s Cabin was based on the story of Josiah Henson and chronicles the ... Read More

The Invisible Hand

Gay Lynn HillEconomics, Mini Lessons

From Common Sense Economics eBook: Self-interest is a powerful motivator. As Adam Smith noted long ago, when directed by the invisible hand, self-interested individuals will have a strong incentive to undertake actions that promote the general prosperity of a community or nation. The “invisible hand” to which Smith refers is the price system. The individual “intends only his own gain” but ... Read More

Separate is not Equal

Gay Lynn HillGovernment, Mini Lessons

From Common Sense Government eBook: This campaign to end segregation, which involved a number of cases, came to a head with Brown v. Board of Education, when the Court finally and overtly decided against separate but equal formulations. Relying on the work of psychologists and sociologists, the Court concluded that the segregation of children in schools on the basis of ... Read More

The Marshall Plan

Gay Lynn HillAmerican History, Mini Lessons

From Common Sense American History eBook: On Mar. 12, 1947, Truman announced his Truman Doctrine, securing $400 million in military aid from a Republican Congress for Greece and Turkey, arguing “I believe it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities and outside pressures.” Isolationism was broken and ... Read More

Monitor vs. Merrimack

Gay Lynn HillStudy Break

On Mar. 9, 1862, the Civil War naval battle between the USS Monitor (Union) and the CSS Merrimack (Confederacy) took place. Known as the Battle of Hampton Roads, this engagement was history’s first duel between ironclad warships. Let’s learn about the “contestants.” The Merrimack was built first. Originally a Union ship, the vessel had been decommissioned for extensive repairs and ... Read More

Mar. 16 – Bear Market

Gay Lynn HillBell Ringers, Economics

On Mar. 16, 2008, Bear Stearns collapsed, setting the stage for the financial crisis and Great Recession of 2008-09. The Bear Sterns Company was a New York investment bank that specialized in “asset-backed securities.” These were largely tradeable financial instruments based upon mortgages. They made it possible to own a share of the housing market, without an obvious direct connection ... Read More

Mar. 14 – 10 Most Wanted

Gay Lynn HillBell Ringers, Government

On Mar. 14, 1950, the FBI published the first FBI 10 Most Wanted list. J. Edgar Hoover was director of the FBI from its founding in 1935, until his death in 1972. At the end of 1949, he conceived the idea of the “Most Wanted List” as a way of attracting attention to the successes of the FBI in apprehending ... Read More