Monument Presentations: Week in Review

           Friday Dialogue from                

                                      Your Two Favorite Educators 

As Emily and Aubrey look back over the week they use their razor sharp wit to break down the Common Core and monuments.

1.)  What are your reactions to the standards of the Common Core? Good, bad, or ugly?
Aubrey: To be honest, they don’t bother me.  Now this is probably because I teach in a state that refuses to adopt them.  This also was probably evident when I asked you a year ago what the common core standards were.  We just don’t talk about them.  Ever.  From a philosophical stand point I think standards, especially when it comes to writing ability, are important.  

Emily:  I, too, like the standards.   Sometimes when I read Walt Whitman’s poetry I feel like he is able to put into words what I can’t.  He captures my thoughts in a way I can’t.  I feel the same way about the standards.  I think they are clear, cohesive, and strong.  I have tried writing “standards” for my students and revising them for districts for years.  None are as cogent as these.

2.)  What is your favorite monument on the National Mall and why?

Aubrey: I absolutely adore FDR’s  Memorial.  It is the most eclectic in presentation and beauty.  Nothing is better than sitting next to its waterfall on a warm day.

Emily:  I like the FDR but would probably choose the Jefferson Memorial but for a reason that also justifies the FDR Memorial:  easy access to the views of the Cherry Blossoms, which are by far are my favorite things in DC.

3.)  On Tuesday I suggested asking students to analyze the argument being made in statues.  Just for fun, I was curious to hear your interpretation of the statue of George W. Bush located in Rapid City, South Dakota (appearing to the right).

Aubrey: My thoughts include but are not limited to:

  • He carries that dog under arm with what seems to be ease.
  • Having carried a dog under my arm before and sometimes one under each arm there is a certain amount of kicking and or hand licking that occurs.  Both of those things are oddly absent from this image.
  • Is it necessary that he wear a big overcoat in order to carry the dog?  Or does he just like big, bronzed overcoats.
  • Is this Barney or Miss Beazley?
  • That is one swirly scarf he’s wearing.
  • Why do his cheeks seem to crinkle in diabolical rolls?
  • Clearly he is trying to be the Fonz but that dog is getting in the way

Emily:  Well, maybe it is because of my pension for “W,” but I like the statue, dog or not.  I think it is informal, playful, genuine.  However, I’m not sure that if I had been president that is the statue I would want to capture my presidency! 

One comment

  1. Susan says:

    You know I love your Friday posts the best.

    I teach in a state that has adopted the common core standards. Having common standards district, state or nationally doesn’t bother me. I like knowing specifically what my students should be expected to know. My concern deals with the implementation. How do you make that transition smoothly?

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