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What Did You Teach and Learn on Inauguration Day?


I have no scientific data to back up my assumption that most teachers in America—at least the ones teaching in the upper-elementary grades through high school—took time out of the day yesterday either to watch part of the inauguration or discuss the events and their place in history. Even in a busy school day, with a full curriculum, this topic warrants priority.

Over at Teacher Magazine I found an interesting, albeit brief, discussion about what teachers would be doing on Inauguration Day, but I wonder how it all turned out. How did you make the topic meaningful for your students?

Did the events engage them in the content? Will this be part of ongoing lessons in your classroom? Why or why not?


I am a parent with two kids, Emma 19 and Eric 23, who were unschooled rather than attending high school. Our son Eric used the invocation by Warren and the benediction by Lowery to compare preaching style and content of these two, finding Lowery's skills and world view way beyond Warren's. He also promisingly noted Obama's inclusion of "non-believers" in his list of religious inclusion, indicating a real change from the previous administration.

Cooper Zale

I am the community relations manager at Project Learn, a literacy organization in Ohio. Our adult GED students wrote letters to President Obama. While we waited for his swearing in, we played Barack Bingo.

In our ESOL classes, we talked about what the new presidency meant for immigrants. It was great to hear the feedback from our students, who are excited to see what President Obama will accomplish.

How much kool-aid has this country imbibed? Don't you realize you sound like teachers in Maoist China or Stalinist Russia? Don't you realize that there is an Empire going on? and a murderous and thieving one at that?

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