Your Two Favorite Educators
As Emily and Aubrey look back over the week they use their razor sharp wit to discuss the best and worst of everything. Where else can you get this kind of insight?
Emily: I think the legalization of gay marriage is probably the most profound culturally and politically. Racial segregation and discrimination seem so foreign now, but the discrimination against homosexuals is fairly parallel. So I would say gay marriage…and Will and Kate’s wedding. She brought the fascinator back in style and she needs to be commended for that.
Aubrey: I was thinking along the same lines. The end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was an enormous step for how we handle equality in our country.
Emily: I like the idea of students interpreting what lists reveal about the consumer or our country as a whole. I think the superlatives are so accessible for students that they don’t always recognize they are learning, which is always a plus!
Aubrey: I like that you don’t have to “muscle” them into working with the lists. They are interested from the moment you start handing them out. I like too that these lists allow students to see their role in culture. It’s interesting to see them recognize how they help to set the trends.
3. What would you identify as your “best of” moment for 2011. Please answer with out making an allusion to Arby’s or a sports figure.
Emily: Too bad. I wasn’t even thinking Arby’s until you put that in my head. I’ve had quite a few “best of” moments in 2011…it was much better than 2010. However, I’d say my best is probably moving into my current apartment. Everything seemed to align once I moved. That and getting to spend roughly 2 hours a week with you, Aubrey. Worst moment: Jim Tressel’s firing. I’m still upset about that and refuse to throw away my sweater vest.
Aubrey: Reading a book a week (sometimes more) this past summer. It reminded me of my childhood goal: to read every book in Royal Oak, Michigan library. A goal that was only intensified by the Pizza Hut Book It Program. It also kept me sane as I started contemplated starting this very “lucrative” business with you, Emily. Read more