Today & Tomorrow – What inspires you?

Cover of "The War Between the Classes (La...

Cover via Amazon

I watched the news yesterday. It was full of images of fighting in Libya, rifles, blood on rocks, tanks, and anticipation of more while the world worries and decides their response. I know it isn’t just Libya, many countries in Africa have dictators who viciously respond to any unrest with violent putdowns. It was sad television.

Then I received an email from my friend who is an ESL  (English Second Language) teacher and she told me of her inspiring students.

My friend’s email [Quote] – I just finished a class in which we were wrapping up our discussion of a novel, The War Between the Classes.  Quite a powerful story about a class of grade 12 students who engage in an experiment where randomly assigned armbands represent staus, power, wealth, “whiteness”….you get the idea.  Some have all of these assets; some don’t.  This experiment actually was done in a social studies class in the U.S.  At any rate, my students loved the book.  At the very end, I gave out the lyrics toImagine“…..with a few words missing so it’s a listening/fill in the blanks exercise.  They listened to the “Glee” version of “Imagine” a few times, wrote in the missing words then wrote what they thought about the concept of imagining that the “world will be as one“.  So here’s the visual…In my class I have kids from Iran, Afghanistan, Argentina, Taiwan, China, The Bhutan, Russia, Korea, Mexico, El Salvador, Hong Kong….and more.  They were totally in the moment.  Some started to sing.  Some days I can’t believe I get paid to do something this much fun!”

Imagine sung by John Lennon is below – there is a long silent walk at the beginning before the song starts.  Symbolic?

What inspires you?

What inspires you? Comments welcome.


About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and say thank you for their encouragement and suggestions.
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