SOUTH BRONX SCHOOL: Nine Days Remaining...Revolution 9

Monday, June 14, 2021

Nine Days Remaining...Revolution 9

Nine days remaining. Nine days remaining. Nine days remaining. Nine days remaining. 

Get, it? A little play on Revolution 9. Haha. 

I was 16 when Jon Lennon was assassinated.  I, like many others, were told of this by Howard Cosell. I was watching the Patriots-Dolphins game that Monday night when Cosell had to seek attention and be the one to share it. 

There are many cool things about the school I am at. Please remember, I have nothing against the school. It's just believe that it is not the right fit for me. But one cool thing is they have had the "John Lennon Education Bus" visit in the past. I would love to be there if it ever returns but that doesn't seem like it would happen. 

Wouldn't it be great if we can instead of turning all our students into test taking drones look towards John Lennon and teach them how to think independently? To shower them with art and music? Let them explore more of the world than what they know? 

In my 25 years of teaching I have seen so many creative students. Whether it comes from art, music, words, or speech. How can these students break free when we stop teaching in January to prepare them for some inane test, which the last two years have shown to be irrelevant? 

How can teachers get the best out of every students with the sword of Danielson a millimeter from their throat? All we hear is differentiate, blah, blah, blah, but there is no differentiating. Our students are force fed curriculum that doesn't jibe to their current life or knowledge. We don't give the students to learn and grasp the world their way. We all just shuffle them through the same path of standardized testing just so some yutz at Tweed can feel good about themselves. 

Let's give them the John Lennon treatment. Let them be different. Think different. 

As for Revolution 9. I still don't get it, but it is different. And that's cool.  

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