Thursday, March 25, 2010

St. Patrick's Day

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
Just for fun:)
 
Last week was what Ben refers to as "his ethnic holiday", St. Patrick's Day.
Elias took the occasion as an excuse for creative hairstyling.
Ben and I took the occasion to invite our students to bring snacks!
Including really Irish tranditional snacks, like guacamole. Oh well, it was green.
The students have really weak language skills- they only speak an average of 3-4 languages each. To make up for this deficit, Ben worked on their Gaellic.
 
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?")

2 comments:

  1. There once was a man his name Ben
    Who thought about Texas now and then
    He took forth his lady
    Appellation Katie
    In Haiti their good works did mend

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  2. I love that you find humor in your everyday. That last bit about U2 is really funny.

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