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In 1921, an aristocratic up-and-coming young New York politician, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, contracted polio. Fearing his political future over, and desperate for a cure, FDR journeyed to Warm Springs, GA., on the advice of his friend, George Foster Peabody. There, FDR found the naturally soothing mineral water helpful in his physical therapy. FDR purchased the property and turned it into a polio treatment center. Eventually, FDR reentered politics and was elected, first Governor of New York, then four times President of the United States.
Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control. These numbers are particularly alarming because they reflect a dangerous trend in our country’s most important population: our children.
“Cancer has been referred to as the emperor of all maladies and millions of people around the world are looking for a cure. In America, over 1600 people die each day.”
As a former social studies educator, I know how difficult it can be to create lessons that incorporate STEM in content areas where science, technology, engineering and math do not seem to easily fit. If you are looking for a little inspiration, then check out The Georgia Ballet’s production of Coppélia.
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"By this, I propose to demonstrate the vulnerability of the South and make its inhabitants feel that war and individual ruin are synonymous. I will push into the heart of Georgia...destroying all. I can make the march and make Georgia howl."
- General William Tecumseh Sherman
The story of Sherman’s March is not only a decisive American historical event, but also one that many teachers cover in class on a yearly basis.