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What I Learned This Week – 2018.03.23

You should check out…

… this awesome podcast about Shakespeare and his legacy (since you just learned about him).  Warning: may contain strong language not suitable for small children or parents.

This week I learned…

… more about the racial integration of the British Military, and trailblazer Walter Tull.

… and while we talk about the Brits, they had this awesome plan for enlisting icebergs into the Navy during WWII.

… there is a whole genre called “Stunt Memoirs” where someone does a crazy project for a year, then writes a book about it.

I’ve been thinking about…

…this awesome series from Slate with Interviews With Old People.

… what I might do with my free time this Spring Break.

Book you should check out:  I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
(First book in the Gallagher Girls Series)  Imagine going to high school where PE is advanced martial arts, or chemical warfare is science- the Gallagher Academy doesn’t create graduates, it creates spies.  Cammie is trying to be a normal high schooler, at a not-so-normal high school, so falling in love is a risk – one that she may not be ready to face.

What I’m reading: A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle
(First book in the Time Quintet)  I read this a long time ago (like when I was in middle school), but I’m going to see the movie over break, so I want to read it before the end of the year.  This is a mystical  fantasy about a girl traveling through time and space to find her lost father.

Posted in Think About

Consent for Kids (Video from RV)

Some of you asked for this video to share with your family and friends.

Please remember the issue of consent is very important, but may be understood differently in different cultures.  This does not mean you do not have bodily autonomy, it means that you have to voice your concerns respectfully so that others understand you.

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What I Learned This Week – 2018.03.16

This week I learned…

…that there are 100+ ways to use the word “up.”  In other news, thanks for helping make up the list for my homework – you guys are awesome!

… more about children’s lives in refugee camps.

…Marilyn Monroe helped Etta James overcome racism in the music industry back in the 1950’s.  (I actually learned this from Drunk History – which has drinking, cursing and history – but I’m 21+, so check with your adult before you watch that).

I’ve been thinking about…

…how it feels when you turn in an assignment and have to wait for a grade back.  I turned in my BIG project on Monday, but I still have to wait until late April to get my grade back.

…who I am going to support in the World Cup, now that the US is out.

…how favorite characters might not be the best role models or representation (Lara Croft). It made me think back to an old argument about young women and Twilight (Psychology Today, Opinion Piece: Carrots for Michaelmas, Wired, Vlogbrothers).

Book you should check out:  The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
This book was written by a 15 year old – it has all the excitement.  There are gangs of kids, a murder, social injustice and a battle to learning about yourself and the people around you.

What I’m reading:

  • Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
    This woman grew up in a survivalist family in Idaho – her family didn’t want to tell the government she was born, her father didn’t want any power, water or phone service to their home, and she didn’t go to school.  Eventually she get’s out, and get’s educated – she now has a Ph.D. History from Cambridge.
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Thank you team!

Thank you team!  You were rock stars helping me get my BIG project done, and I turned that mamba-jamba in last night (after many technical difficulties).  I won’t get my grade back until April, but at least I turned it in on time.

Onward and upward!

-Ms. Lennox