Dispatches from the Land of the Puzzle Palace: An English teacher blogs in the Baltimore City Public Schools
Friday, September 26, 2008
Long Friday, longer weekend
I took 50 ninth graders on a field trip today, to see Cedric Jennings speak. They were not very good. It was all capped off by a student who asked the question, "So, I was wondering, did you like how the book turned out, because you kind of came off like a jerk sometimes?". It was a valid question, one that I think has some truth to it. But, wow, he sure asked it poorly. The entire auditorium booed, and the woman running the event snatched the microphone from him and said, "Well, we'll end this on a positive note." Pretty crazy. Overall, the kids didn't behave that well otherwise, and it was a long, stressful day.
I'm waking up tomorrow at 5am and going with 60 students to Richmond Virginia Beach to register voters. The Obama campaign was funding it, but apparently the fund guy has disappeared, so now all the kids have to drop $10 to go and all the teachers $50. One teacher is fronting $2500 for the trip. It's going to be a long weekend of sleeping on YMCA floors and going door to door, but at least it's for a good cause.
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Ideals are like the stars, Always above our reach. Humbly I tried to learn, More humbly did I teach. On all honest virtues I sought to keep firm hold. I wanted to be a good man Though I pinched my soul. But now I lie beneath cool loam Forgetting every dream; And in this narrow bed of earth No lights gleam. In this narrow bed of earth Star-dust never scatters, And I tremble lest the darkness teach Me that nothing matters.
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