Thursday with Juniors in IGSS:
First session was spent in the Science Lab with Student Science presentations. Back in the English room with Juniors who are writing Autodidactic Journals.
Kilgore Trout stories - Like the Trout stories, students will be writing about a society, not unlike our own, with a hideous situation.
Actively reading Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You Mr. Rosewater.
Students work in pairs to find the most important propositions in Eliot Rosewater's letter:
1. "Government objections to the price or quality of his wares could be vaporized with bribes that were pitifully small" (p 7)
2. ..."getting paid enormously for committing crimes against which no law has been (p 9)
3. "Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers, if they asked to be paid a living wage" (9)
4. Grab much too much or you'll get nothing at all" (p 10)
5. "Anybody who thought the USA was supposed to be a Utopia was a piggy, lazy, Goddamned fool" (p 10)
[view of the rich = bad; view of the poor = good]
Is this a simplistic view of the world? No shades of gray?
Find propositions in "Golden Age of Rome Speech" (Lister)- most important parts
(Description of the Hell America's turned into)
1. "he wrote morals into law"
2. Pigs miraculously disappeared (30)
3. Let us force Americans to be as good as they should be (30)
4. Write morals into law and enforce them harshly (31)
5. "We must become a nation of swimmers, with the sinkers quietly disposing of themselves" . (31)
What is Eliot's view of this? Do you think this is horrible?
[view of the rich = good; view of the poor = bad]
Follow up --Justice Discussion: Is it just to force folks to "swim", taking welfare & support systems away?