on 18-June-2012 by Titus Andronicus in Education and Understanding, Comments (1)

Research Materials

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The most important thing that a truly Free Person can have is good information. Good information is essential to drawing accurate conclusions about the nature of the world around us. Amazingly, though the USA is teetering on the brink of Totalitarianism, there are enormous repositories of reliable information available to us right now with a couple of mouse clicks. These materials are suitable for personal study, teaching our children, settling disagreements, or just learning how something works and how to fix it. Accurate information is also very useful for exposing lying politicians, lying corporations, lying educators and corruption in general.

21st century Americans waste hundreds of billions of hours every year watching TV, following spectator sports, gambling, surfing porn, and other forms of entertainment. We used to read, study, experiment and build. If you have been wasting your time decide to change. Turn off the TV and stay up late tonight learning something about the world around you — in depth. Below are some good places to start an adventure of intellectual exploration that will make your TV look, …Well… Stupid.

The Library of Congress: American Memory

US National Archives: Teacher Resources

US National Climatic Data Center: Global Warming Anyone?

The Rosetta Project: The Modern Stone (disc actually)

US Census Bureau: Massive Statistics and Raw Data

The Wayback Machine: Website Museum

The Internet Archive: Everything Digital Museum

Freebase: Graph of Everything to Everything (well, not yet)

“The objects of this primary education determine its character and limits. These objects are To give to every citizen the information he needs for the transaction of his own business; To enable him to calculate for himself, and to express and preserve his ideas, his contracts and accounts, in writing; To improve by reading, his morals and faculties; To understand his duties to his neighbors and country, and to discharge with competence the functions confided to him by either; To know his rights; to exercise with order and justice those he retains; to choose with discretion the fiduciary of those he delegates; and to notice their conduct with diligence, with candor and judgment; And, in general, to observe with intelligence and faithfulness all the social relations under which he shall be placed. To instruct the mass of our citizens in these, their rights, interests and duties, as men and citizens, being then the objects of education in the primary schools, whether privet or public, in them should be taught reading, writing and numerical arithmetic, the elements of mensuration…and the outlines of geography and history.”

Thomas Jefferson
Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia
August, 4th 1818

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1 Comment

  1. FireOfLiberty

    18-June-2012 @ 01:31

    Do you know a really good source of primary information and data that should be included in this list? Please add the link here in the comments so we can add it to the sites list of research materials.