Week in Review: “Best of” Lists

           Friday Dialogue from                

                                      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?  

1.  What would you qualify as the most important “Best of” moment culturally or politically for 2011?

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.

2.  What is the value in having students examine lists about 2011?  Are lists of superlatives something that students can appreciate and examine with the big picture in mind?

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.

4.  What would you qualify as “Where the Classroom Ends”  “best of” moments for 2011.

Emily: Without a doubt, the best moment was when we fought over who was actually Hemingway’s soulmate…and I think I won that battle.

Aubrey: Well that would be wrong.  Not the fighting, but the outcome.  While I could talk about the best of moments and link to my favorite posts, that is not my goal.  Instead I’d like to include a worst: when Emily told me I couldn’t include a zombie question in the Aubrey vs. Emily section on our website.  In light of recent TV shows and the fact that 2012 is supposed to be a big year in terms of the world ending, I’m going to include the question and our responses as a gift to myself and a reminder to Emily that I know the passwords to our website.  There’s no telling what I could do.


The “Lost” Q&As between Emily & Aubrey

Are you prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse?

Emily: I sponsored a girl with an independent study two years ago. She was writing a zombie novel and I was serving as her, ahem, inspirational writing tutor, helping her to construct the “novel.” I learned more about zombies than I cared to know.I also know how to whip up a vat of canned salsa laced with botulism. Don’t test me.


Aubrey:No. While I can run for “longish” distances, I have a very limited supply of non-perishable food. This is a result of refusing to shop at Costco because one time I was in there and I had to put everything back and leave. Big bags of Snickers bars. Large cans of tuna fish. Unwieldy boxes of cereal. All of it had to go back.  Something about the fluorescent lights really freaked me out. So for starters I’m without anything to eat in any kind of apocalypse. And even though I’m mean, that meanness requires people to respond to my snarky comments. From what I can tell zombies only groan in agony and as a result of hunger. I’m fairly certain I would be one of the first to die.

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