People cannot contribute to the nation if they are never taught to read or write, if their bodies are stunted from hunger, if their sickness goes untended, if their life is spent in hopeless poverty just drawing a welfare check. So we want to open the gates to opportunity. But we’re also going to give all our people, black and white, the help that they need to walk through those gates.
- Lyndon B. Johnson, from his speech, "We Shall Overcome," given to Congress on March 15, 1965, after racial violence broke out in Selma, Alabama
There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.” - C.S. Lewis
Last week was what Ben refers to as "his ethnic holiday", St. Patrick's Day.
I also took the opportunity to read my classes Seamus Heaney poems and limericks. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find G-rated limericks? Finally, we listened to some traditional Irish folk songs and practiced our Riverdancing. We closed with a few songs by that most Irish of bands, U2 (at which point several students looked confused and said, "YouTube is from Ireland? And has a band?")