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"The mark of an educated mind is to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." ~Aristotle
Studying primary sources first establishes a knowledge base rooted in the facts. A personal perspective can then be formed, and secondary sources strategically introduced.
"An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot." ~Thomas Paine
Not only must we learn the principles, but the context in which those principles were formed. Studying a primary source means we study people, places, and events connected to it.
"The Bible must be considered as the great source of all truth which men are to be guided in government as well as in all social transactions." ~Noah Webster
Principles and truth are inseparable, and both are found within primary sources.
2 More Reasons...
- Collecting and using primary sources simplifies our curriculum, as well as our home library.
- Primary sources are universal tools spanning across subjects and forming a connection between them.
Examples of Primary Sources
- Documents (Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, the U.S. Constitution)
- People (Meeting & Interviewing, Journals, Recordings)
What are your favorite primary sources?