This month we have still been enjoying getting into Edward O. Wilson’s Letter to a Young Scientist. This book has been a lot of fun for us because it has led us down the road of reflecting on ourselves a lot, what our passions are, what our strengths and weaknesses are, and what sort of dedication is required to pursue careers in the fields in which we are interested. I feel that the students have benefited from these exercises a great deal, and it has been a real pleasure for me to observe them as they have gone through this process of self-discovery.
Our current events class has led us into very interesting territory this month. We have learned about the Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist, a story that is actually a few years old but is one of my favorite news stories of all time, dealing as it does with an unexpected strategic resource reserve, very clever villains who view themselves as morally right, small-time politics that seem all-important to the few people caught up in them. This is a story that was meant to be taught and the students enjoyed it as much as I do. We have also covered other instances of white-collar crime, though none so interesting, I’m afraid, as the maple syrup story. We have also discussed art, and students were amazed to learn what is being spent on art these days, as auction house after auction house continues to break world records in the price of art they’re selling. We discussed the factors that have led to this spiraling price and what it means for art consumers in the future.
In our writing class, we have been focusing on personal narratives this month, and the students have been challenged to right a personal narrative showing strong author’s voice and using a clear description of setting, something that their writing has previously lacked. They have impressed me by rising to the challenge, showing strong personality through their writing and painting beautiful pictures of their stories’ settings with words. I hope that you will enjoy reading their finished products as much as I have.