“Big History” may be the next big thing. Bill Gates thinks so and who are we to doubt his wisdom? He is funding online course created by David Christian of Macquarie University in Australia. From the Big Bang to today. The courses will roll out in high schools in Australia, then the U.S. Colleges interested in general education may soon be using them, too. Here’s a video to check out.
But little history still hath its charms. The Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library ("The Medieval Loebs") has now brought out Bob Babcock’s edition and translation of Egbert of Liege. You know, the tenth century schoolmaster addicted to the dactylic hexameter. His work, The Well-Laden Ship, gives a glimpse of things we might otherwise miss -- riddles, proverbs, folk tales in a medieval classroom. Oh yes, and practical advice, too. Don’t name your cow “Abundance.”