Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Can You Spell Education?

Apparently the school my children attend believes it is spelled o-p-t-i-o-n-a-l.

I almost asked this morning when I dropped the kids off if all the classes would be watching the inauguration, but I didn't. Because I assumed it would have been mandatory to see history in the making. It was a no-brainer to me that the children would witness a terribly important and POSITIVE day in United States history, live. Not on the evening news after it was all said and done.

I blew it.

If I had known that the big screen television was to be placed in the small conference room off of the cafeteria and that the students would have a choice to play after they ate lunch or watch as the inauguration unfolded I would have kept them home. And educated them. And they would be better for it, maybe not today or even tomorrow, but at some point in time they would recall that their mom forced them to watch Inauguration 2009 and they would feel proud for being a part of today in some small way.

Instead they will just remember that it was really cold, Diezel got his hair cut after school and their mom was a-n-g-r-y and d-i-s-a-p-p-o-i-n-t-e-d about what didn't happen at school.


****My fourth grader did see a portion of it and talked more about Yo-Yo Ma than President Obama, but maybe that is because she was whisked back to class DURING President Obama's speech and she saw the entire performance of Yo-Yo Ma.

8 comments:

Mary Stoinski said...

You would think...

...and who is this Yo-Yo person anyway

abby said...

Edjacashun is overrated. ;)

Mechelle said...

Yes, education is overrated. Even 20/20 said so last Friday. And to prove it Seneca knew exactly who Yo-Yo Ma was when his name was mentioned and nothing else because she had seen him on Mr. Rogers in some prior year. I can just supplement PBS (if we get a converter box) with a bit of math and call it good. That may have to be the plan after yesterday.

Yo-Yo Ma was the cello player at the inauguration and you can find out all about him at:

http://www.yo-yoma.com/

Lisa Greenfelder said...

I forced my children to watch it again and again at Creative Passions. (I watched some of it in the conference room with them) Mrs. A made a point to mention many historic and monumental moments about the entire process. Everytime I'm near her I learn something new too.

meredith said...

I too was upset about the conference room, etc. But even if Seneca had been in there to see "all" of the speech, she wouldn't have because of digitalk tv. There is no antenna in there so the "digital" kept going in and out and it was impossible to understand his speech in a coherent way. I promise you that every social studies class I had that day discussed the historical significance (I even explained why it was important to pray for President Obama in religion class). I choked up and cried each time I talked about the "Little Rock Nine" being on the stage to witness it - UNBELIEVABLE!!!! As my son stated later that day - "Have a war of peace - the person who's nicest to everyone wins!"
PS - thanks for the compliment, Lisa - your humble friend who has too much trivial crap stored in her head to hold anything of real importance!

Sarah said...

I had to watch the inauguration on TV from the sofa of my aunt's house in Falls Church, Virginia, only six miles away from where I was supposed to be until I contracted a norovirus on Monday. I was EXTREMELY disappointed I had to miss my chance at being a part of history, but as I told my best friend (who was on the Mall), "Well, in four years, I can try again."

P.S. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog-- it's always great to hear from fellow Michigan runners!

Erin the Librarian said...

I would have loved to watch it, but I was in the midst of funereal things and didn't even realize that it happened in the middle of the day and not the evening. I agree though that your kids should have been able (and encouraged) to watch it.

Jason Moore said...

We kept Eden home...