Relationships are hard, especially with colonies and royalty involved. But with each breakup comes a new beginning, an independence even.
The tale of the 13 Colonies that defied taxation and battled their way to nationhood got a Common Core twist Monday, giving about 500 Enochs High juniors a history lesson they won’t forget.
Three social studies teachers worked together on the lesson, delivered in U.S. history classes schoolwide. The lesson started with background information but not through a lecture, reading the chapter aloud or doing the unit quiz.
Clicking through a series of slides, teacher Janeen Zambo strode around the class asking students to figure out why something happened, what might happen next, and where they could get the information for their homework.
...As students move away for work or college, she pointed out, “you start seeing yourself as separate. It’s part of growing up. Maybe the Colonies were growing up.”
With the background covered, she switched gears. A letter was left in her room, she said, unfolding a paper. Students need to remember their papers, not pass notes, because she reads aloud what gets left behind, she said to stunned silence.
The letter described a failing relationship. The writer needed space. It just wasn’t going to work out. Sympathetic murmurs greeted the harshest lines. As the bell rang, Zambo admitted it was not a classmate’s life they were hearing about, but the birth of a nation.
“We’re going to study the best breakup letter in the history of the world,” Zambo said as she ended her first-period U.S. history class.
One has to wonder if the Treaty of Paris in 1783 concluded with a group hug to show that both sides bore no hard feelings despite the breakup of their relationship.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
How did the left destroy boys interest in school, and even history?
This is from Breitbart, watch the stunning classroom video at the bottom.