It is ever so predictably time for senioritus to run rampant throughout the colleges and high schools of America. This plague of apathy has by no means passed over Thomas Aquinas College- no! rather it has struck the seniors with unparalleled force.
Tutor: “So who wants to demonstrate this fun Lobachevsky prop?”
Class: bleak silence.
Tutor: “So who even read this prop?”
Class: more silence.
Student: “I forgot how to read.”
Today someone suggested that they just let all the seniors stop pretending to pay attention in class- but then we would just stop paying attention earlier…
I would, however, propose as a remedy- that we substitute all the curriculum books with children’s books and continue to discuss them seminar style.
Which would look something like this:
Tutor: Who fell into the well?
Student1: Tikki Tikki Tembo-no Sa Rembo-chari Bari Ruchi-pip Peri Pembo
Student2: I believe this story indicates a limit to the way in which personal names can be used effectively. If you choose to signify your children by incredibly long names they will have trouble getting help in a timely manner – and also have a terrible time learning to write their name in kindergarten.
Tutor: “What do you think of Madeline as a character? What are her personal struggles and virtues?”
Student1: “I think that Madeline represents, and could even be said to embody courage- which we can see in the text where it says, ‘to the tiger in the zoo, Madeline said Poo-poo’. Which is very courageous especially seeing as, it looks, from the illustration…uh, like the tiger could pretty much walk out of the cage if he felt like it.”
Student 2: (which in this case is going to be me): And this corresponds with a common experience of red headed people, you know…that they are courageous. For example over Spring Break, which I like to call: “Netflix and Netflix Alone Time”, my red-headed friend said something brave like “you should put down your laptop and step outside.”
[This is very close to a real life situation and in fact a friend of mine succeeded in getting me to leave the house and go to the Norton Simon- to which I said something like: “I hate….going.”]
Student 2: That personal digression was intended to show that Bemelmans is really pointing out a universal truth about the courage –or even rashness- of redheads.
Student 3: Buuut she does have a sort of rebellious attitude, and one might say that it is not virtuous.
Student 2: Well if you had to do everything in two straight lines, and speak in a set metrical pattern- you might get kind of rebellious too.
Tutor: “Lastly I wanted to ask two questions about the Hungry Hungry Caterpillar,
First, how long did it take him to chew a very precise circle in a lollipop?
And second, why do these illustrations made out of cut up paper look so tasty?”
All this reminds me of this random thing that I painted on a T-Shirt once: