I’m wrapping up the 2020 “school” year, and what did these kids learn, even though it was through Zoom?
-How to discuss ideas when the point of view is different from their own
-that teens can be trusted to explore their educational goals and needs
-Practical legal terms in the realm of justice and injustice, as well as cases that changed the world
-Literature through close readings of Shakespeare and Thomas More, including the nasty parts
-Details from the Constitution often overlooked
-Dynamics of world revolutions up to Haiti, guillotines and all
-Roots of racism and antisemitism, and a history of Africa often overlooked in mainstream history classes
-the politics of museums (as well as seeing some stunning artworks)…and that art can be healing and powerful
-how talented their fellow homeschoolers are
-the dirty parts of Genesis
-the best way for a cat to Zoombomb a class
-what happens when you don’t properly secure a blender top (inside moment for one particular class)
-that if your internet freezes, the world does not end
-that sometimes, you just need to wrap your hair into pre-French Revolution styles
-how to win big time in Kahoot and other games
-how to sneak a nasty name as your Kahoot identity
-fortitude, dealing with adversity, navigating choices in a situation they didn’t ask for and didn’t expect
-Community. Patience. Hope.
I love 2020 for these reasons, and I love my students. Feeling pretty lucky right now!