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Countries Divided on Future of Ancient Buddhas

Countries Divided on Future of Ancient Buddhas | Geography | Scoop.it
Thirteen years after the Bamian Buddhas were blasted into rubble, opinion is split on whether to leave them as is, rebuild them, or make copies of them.

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Bob Beaven's curator insight, March 19, 2015 12:46 PM

Most people often forget that the Silk Road passed into Central Asia and the Middle East from East Asia.  This means that along the road, travelers often put things that reminded them of home.  The Buddha statues that once existed in Afghanistan are an example of this.  They were in fact labeled a world heritage site.  Sadly, the Buddhas had been ravaged throughout history by radical arabs.  This is because their religion frowns upon (actually forbids) idols, which they considered the statues to be.  Although they had been tempered with for many years, the Taliban finally decided to blow them up in 2001.  Now, there are differing opinions across various countries as to whether they should be rebuild or not.  Afghanistan believes that they should be rebuilt so the government can claim a symbolic victory over the Taliban.  Unesco wants a restoration done right, so for now it won't allow rebuilding to occur.  Germans tried to rebuild them, but Unesco blocked it from happening.  South Korea, Italy and Japan are all willing to donate money, but have no mention of the statues.  I believe that the statues should be rebuilt, as the article points out monuments were rebuilt in France after Protestants burnt down many old Gothic Cathedrals.  I also believe it is necessary because we cannot let the culture of hate that the Taliban believes in to win.  Average Muslims realize that the statues have historical significance and that they do not need to worship Buddha to respect that this site was 1,500 years old.  I also think it would send a strong message from the Afghan government if the statues were rebuilt because it would show they, like the article states, are not going to let the Taliban rule their country.

 

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, April 7, 2015 9:42 PM

I find it interesting that other countries are divided.  Why are they deciding the future for this country?  They can't seem to get out of their ways to come up with a real solution.  Its unfortunate.  

Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, December 14, 2015 11:40 AM

this is a reminder of what extremism can do to ancient works of art that they view as heretical. these ancient, massive statues were carved out of living rock by ancient Buddhists, and had withstood the test of time until Afghan terrorists blew them up.

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Seeing Landmarks From Far Away Might Shatter Your Perception Of Them

Seeing Landmarks From Far Away Might Shatter Your Perception Of Them | Geography | Scoop.it
Wow. I guess it's true when they say not everything is as it appears...

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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, March 21, 2014 11:34 AM

I think it's awesome to see the past mixed with the present, and realizing how our imagination adds to the "mystery" of places.  However, seeing things in context truly changes perception - how could this be brought to your students?  Fascinating.  

Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, March 28, 2014 11:43 AM

LA PERCEPCIÓN A TRAVÉS DE LA DISTANCIA

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 2, 2014 5:33 PM

By looking at these images it is apparent that heir is a clear distincition between how one may view the monument from upclose andd then when you take asep back you can really appreciate it by seeing others appreciate it as well. As an observer you can also identify the different persepectives by looking at it in a different light by either taking a step back or viewing it from a different vanage point. Knowing the history of the monument also helps with a background story in order for better appreciation of the monument and the History that goes along with it.

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When “Christian” Teaching Enables Abuse of Power - Internet Monk

When “Christian” Teaching Enables Abuse of Power - Internet Monk | Geography | Scoop.it
Gothard teaching As Bill Gothard comes under increasing scrutiny for his personal behavior, some are beginning to talk about how his teachings enable and encourage such behavior. Case in point: Wade Burleson has ...
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Edu Tech Stories: Lessons in Adversity - Teaching Resilience

Edu Tech Stories: Lessons in Adversity - Teaching Resilience | Geography | Scoop.it
@EWAEmily #grit #SXSWedu Here are some "Lessons in Adversity - Teaching Resilience" http://t.co/vdxGLmEavC
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Increasing Student Engagement By Grading Backwards

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Increasing Student Engagement By Grading Backwards (RT @vptechnodork: Do schools have it backwards. Be more like video games.
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Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds - Slashdot

Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds - Slashdot | Geography | Scoop.it
Doofus writes "The Atlantic has an interesting story about opening up what we routinely consider 'advanced' areas of mathematics to younger learners.
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MapCarte 59/365: Physical Geography by Adam & Charles Black ...

MapCarte 59/365: Physical Geography by Adam & Charles Black ... | Geography | Scoop.it
Here, perhaps is the forerunner of the modern information graphic (infographic) yet at its core it remains a map since it clearly maps out the geography of these physical features. A zoomable hi resolution version can be ...
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Bits or pieces?: Understanding Ecosystems - Part I of II

Bits or pieces?: Understanding Ecosystems - Part I of II | Geography | Scoop.it
When you commoditise a component to a more industrialised form (e.g. A[2] to A[3]) then your ability to encourage others to build on top of it depends upon how much you reduce their risk of failure and increase their speed of ...
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World's Tallest Vertical Garden Growing 162 Apartments on 46 Floors - Industry Tap

World's Tallest Vertical Garden Growing 162 Apartments on 46 Floors - Industry Tap | Geography | Scoop.it
Sri Lanka will soon be the home of a 46 storey self-sustaining garden tower. (Why Sri Lanka needs negative population growth.
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Ditch the bogus maps - Juneau Empire (subscription)

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Alaska's location and size makes the U.S. one of the very few nations on the planet with a major physical presence in the Arctic. The only nations ...
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How can a map influence the way we think, feel and interact with a place?

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The Artful Maven Haven: My Weekend of Teaching and Traveling

The Artful Maven Haven: My Weekend of Teaching and Traveling | Geography | Scoop.it
There are so few left and this industry we love is changing somewhat with the internet, but you cannot beat the personal service and knowledge of local stores, as well as the teachers they bring in. I'm sorry if I am jumping on ...
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Actually, You Can Link Climate Change to Specific Weather Events - Mother Jones

Actually, You Can Link Climate Change to Specific Weather Events - Mother Jones | Geography | Scoop.it
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This story originally appeared in the Guardian and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
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Report describes Central Hardwoods forest vulnerabilities, climate change impacts - EurekAlert (press release)

Report describes Central Hardwoods forest vulnerabilities, climate change impacts - EurekAlert (press release) | Geography | Scoop.it
Report describes Central Hardwoods forest vulnerabilities, climate change impacts EurekAlert (press release) Ecosystems that are adapted to frequent fire, such as open woodlands and savannas, may be more resilient to climate change because warmer...
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Take Me Home, Mother Russia

Take Me Home, Mother Russia | Geography | Scoop.it
10 places that would welcome a Putin landgrab, and 10 parts of Russia that want the hell out.

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Kevin Barker's curator insight, March 22, 2014 10:03 AM

For every argument to aquire land based on ethnic boundaries, there is at least one that would argue land should be lost. This would apply to essentially any country in the world. 

Paige Therien's curator insight, May 4, 2014 10:57 AM

In the recent light of the Crimea annexation and following conflict, many are questioning what Russia's next move will be and how this region may change in the future.  The former USSR encomassed a huge amount of land, and therefore many different ethnic groups.  Of course this has always been a problem, and this article illustrates how it probably always will be a problem.  As politics and cultures in different countries change, people will favor either secession or affiliation due to these centripetal or centrifugal forces .  While some may be far-fetched (Siberia and Brooklyn), it is important to remember that as long as there are some people who are in favor, there may be conflict at same scale.

Bob Beaven's curator insight, March 5, 2015 2:43 PM

This article is interesting because it shows that as Russia could potentially gain land, it could also lose parts of the country as well.  I thought the Brooklyn Beach point was funny due to Putin's argument that wherever Russians live should be Russia (Crimea).  I don't think the United States would ever let this happen though, even if it is just a single part of NY, the US would never let Russia back onto the North American Continent after buying Alaska from them back in the 1800s.  I also thought it was an intriguing point to state that China could try to make a move at getting Siberia from Russia.  I personally don't think that Russia would willingly give up a resource rich region of its nation to China easily, and if China wanted to buy the region, I'd bet Putin would make them pay a pretty penny for the area.  The fact that Russia is such a varied nation, especially in the south of the nation, is not surprising due to winning the land from the Ottomans, and the best thing Russia could do, in the case of Chechnya would be to let them go.  This way the country could achieve a lasting peace, rather than always fighting campaigns against the region, which as a result, will make the people hate the Russian government even more.  However, I do not think Putin will allow his country to decrease in size, Putin only wants increases.

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Australian School Teacher and School Leader Well-being Survey 2014

Australian School Teacher and School Leader Well-being Survey 2014. Created using SurveyGizmo, online survey software.
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The US End Game in Afghanistan - Foreign Policy (blog)

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The US End Game in Afghanistan Foreign Policy (blog) Importantly, the vast majority of Afghans feel that the government is in control of their districts, towns, and provinces, with perceptions of state control higher in urban areas and the northern...
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Demographic danger! Why Muslim population growth is alarming

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Recently, I had a discussion on the religious demographics in India. One obvious question that came up was why the UPA Government hasn’t made the religious demographics data from 2011 census public yet?
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Towra wetland threat - St George and Sutherland Shire Leader

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Towra wetland threat
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Jeff Harte, a geography teacher at Aquinas College, Menai, took his year 12 students to the section of boardwalk behind Sharkies Leagues Club as part of their Ecosystems at Risk course.
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Sydney Opera House and Statue of Liberty 'will be lost to sea level rise'

Sydney Opera House and Statue of Liberty 'will be lost to sea level rise' | Geography | Scoop.it
Nearly one-fifth of world cultural heritage sites would be affected by global warming of a further 3C, scientists warn (JUST IN: Sydney Opera House, Statue of Liberty and Tower of London will be lost to sea level rise, scientists warn
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Training Teachers to Teach Critical Thinking | Edutopia

Training Teachers to Teach Critical Thinking | Edutopia | Geography | Scoop.it

Define what critical thinking in the classroom is.

 

It's an approach to teaching that allows students to make sense of the content. They analyze the content, they evaluate the content, and they're able to apply it to their daily lives. Teachers ask specific questions to get the students to do those things.


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, March 4, 2014 10:51 PM

To provide a professional development workshop on this topic has many conditions that must be met prior to moving toward teaching critical thinking basic skills.

 

I used metacognitive learning strategies as a starting point before working on the critical thinking skills.

 

Then adapting/ modifying to the teaching - learning environment and culture is another consideration that has to be made especially in Southeast Asia. 

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How schools are breaking down the language barrier for EAL students

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The number of students who speak foreign languages at home has risen by 20% in five years.
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Penn State's GIS lab helps uncover mysteries from the ancient world - Penn State News

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Penn State's GIS lab helps uncover mysteries from the ancient world
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Ken Hirth, a Penn State anthropology professor, is sitting in the University's Anthropology geographic information system (GIS) lab.
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#Ocean #acidifying 10 times faster than anytime...

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An assessment of ocean acidification, presented at the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw in November 2013, starkly concluded that acidity is on track to rise 170 percent by the end of this century.
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Educade | Find, create and share lesson plans and teaching tools to empower your classroom

Educade | Find, create and share lesson plans and teaching tools to empower your classroom | Geography | Scoop.it
Empower your classroom with the best games, apps, and maker kits, including engaging lesson plans aligned to core standards. Explore, connect, & create. Join today!
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10 Ways to Build Teacher Leaders | Transformati...

10 Ways to Build Teacher Leaders | Transformati... | Geography | Scoop.it
We need teacher leaders! Why? Teacher leaders are the ones that make change happen. They are the ones that understand the true problems happening in their classroom and school.
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