This is the homepage for a site I wanted to build for many years. A few years ago, a few tiny starts were made.
It may leave much to be desired still... but I hope it also has some Good Stuff? Maybe not, considering the limited feedback, Facebook "Likes", etc.
The Flat Earth Academy is a website where any enterprising person can learn useful "stuff". My background is in the sciences, so there is more Good Stuff from there, for the moment.
Material of two sorts is provided to you here...
The best page in the site at the moment is my introduction to chemistry.
I've also made a pretty extensive start on the Flat Earth Academy guide to biology.
A start has been made on an Astronomy Department. At the moment, there are several pages more about how we can make for ourselves some measuring instruments that about "facts".
There's one little item in the Geography department. One of those "you might find interesting" items, rather that a "This you should try to know": Discussion of when and how we found the highest point on earth.
The Mathematics department has been started with pages about codes and encryption. There are also links from here to other, more mature, material on the subject, from the same author.
Please also consider my extensive course on using an Arduino (a great microprocessor for schools or hobbyists of any age) which is put together under the philosophy of the Flat Earth Academy. The microprocessor course is finished; the Academy is a-building!
The "History Department" is barely started, but it does have one gem: Transcriptions of letters from 1945 relating the experiences of a Dutch girl, aged about 12 at the start or World War II. Her experiences were not as extreme as her near contemporary and fellow Hollander Anne Frank, but she is relating another story from the same time and place.
The History department also has some pages about timelines.
Introduction to stock market investing- Explanation and thoughts from an experienced amateur. This isn't quite "on target" for the primary intentions of Flat-Earth-Academy.com... but it is close. Give it a try, tell me what you think?
I was a teacher for twenty years. I taught 8 year olds, and I taught courses equivalent to the first year of US university. So I hope I have an idea of what might be a useful framework of knowledge for any "educated" person.
I also left teaching... along with 100,000 other qualified teachers in the UK... before I reached retirement age. So you may assume that I take a somewhat skeptical view of what goes on in schools.
I hope that what you find here will be useful, and perhaps even, in some cases, interesting to readers of all ages. I would welcome your thoughts.... is the site of any use? Where are you, broadly speaking... say the nearest large city to you? How old are you? What do you/ did you think of your schooling? I don't need your email address, if you (or anyone controlling your internet use) are worried about that. If you do supply it, I have no plans to "sell it on", pester you with marketing emails, etc. But think about it: There's no point in me to putting that on this page, is there? If I am scrupulous, I wouldn't do those things. If I am unscrupulous, I would put something like that here, and then do those things anyway, wouldn't I? Think about what I said: "Think about it...". That is one of my reasons for creating this site. I want you to think more... as a habit, all the time, as your life slips past....
"Thinking" is all well and good. You need to develop your thinking skills. Knowing stuff comes in handy, too, and you can do more about your fund of knowledge than you can about your capacity to think.
So... have a dip into these pages. See how much you know already. See if you can learn a few new things. If you send positive feedback, I will try to expand the Flat Earth Academy. If no one finds it of any use, I'll spare myself the work.
I hope that sometimes the pages here will be assigned to schoolchildren and students as homework. I believe that suggestions on a page I've done for teachers will help the learners benefit more from the work, and give the teachers useful information. I know that if you are kind enough to take up the suggestion, and send me the results, they will be of interest to me. (And "private readers" are very welcome to follow the procedure explained as well... again, for the benefit of both of us, I hope.)
Besides the topics mentioned above, there are two pages in the site, two brief notes about things I thought kind of neat in science....
A page about a bird's unusual choice for a nest site.
A page about a plant's unusual roots.
Have you heard about Flattr? Great new idea to make it easy for you to send small thank you$ to people who provide Good Stuff on the web. If you want to send $$erious thank yous, there are better ways, but for a small "tip" here and there, Flattr ticks a lot of boxes which no one else has found a way to do yet. Please at least check out my introduction to Flattr, if you haven't heard of it? "No obligation", as they say!Flat Earth Academy: Self directed learning.
My main site is Sheepdog Software
And there's also my Arunet site.
Page tested for compliance with INDUSTRY (not MS-only) standards, using the free, publicly accessible validator at validator.w3.org. Mostly passes. There were two "unknown attributes" in Google+ button code plus 4 in the Flattr. Sigh.
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