Saturday, March 13, 2021

Irish Blessing # 2

Women's History Month: Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams: wife of John Adams, community leader, intellectual, and considered quite the hottie.

Abigail Adams:  Capable, independent minded, articulate and not that unusual among women in the Yankee American colonies where women were frequently educated and empowered with responsibilities. Not quite like nowadays, but a precursor experience. She supported women's rights, and the abolition of slavery.

Abigail Adams 

The wife of John Adams held down the fort (well, the Massachusetts farm) during the Revolutionary War while he was in Philadelphia. Their correspondence--over 1100 letters--includes sweet
John to Abigail: Miss Adorable
Abigail to John: My Dearest Friend
references, political discussions, and practical input on running
the homestead. She accompanied John Adams to France when he was the ambassador. Not bad for a country girl from the sticks. Her son (John QuincyAdams) became president, too, before Barbara Bush performed that trick.

She was articulate, active, a woman of her own mind. She was American.
The marvelously written book, John Adams by David McCullough includes much about Abigail, too, as does the miniseries and this American Experience production:
Here are some of Abigail's thoughts:

The habits of a vigorous mind are born in contending with difficulties.

...remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could.

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.

 To be good, and do good, is the whole duty of man comprised in a few words.

If we mean to have Heroes, Statesmen and Philosophers, we should have learned women. The world perhaps would laugh at me, and accuse me of vanity, but you I know have a mind too enlarged and liberal to disregard the Sentiment. If much depends as is allowed upon the early Education of youth and the first principals which are instill'd take the deepest root, great benefit must arise from literary accomplishments in women.

A people fired ... with love of their country and of liberty, a zeal for the public good, and a noble emulation of glory, will not be disheartened or dispirited by a succession of unfortunate events.

If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies we are determined to forment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Educational Links 3/13/2021

 8 Ways to Bolster Executive Function in Teens and Tweens

What are learning and thinking differences?

Build a Solar Oven - Hands-on Science Project

School Districts Reopen but Include Remote Learning

Review of 130 studies favors reopening schools with safety measures

Students Can Grade Themselves When We Make It About Learning

Today’s Students Aren’t Learning How Science Happens. That’s a Problem in a Pandemic.

 School science gives students few insights into how science knowledge is created and how it progresses over time.

Women's History Month: Farrah Fawcett

Farrah was more than a pretty face and iconic pin-up poster.

Farrah was scouted by Hollywood agents while a college art student in Texas. Like thousands of girls, she was beautiful, could model, and the camera loved her. What was different about Farrah, aside from her extra-brilliant smile and actual acting ability, was her astonishing courage.

"Charlie's Angels" made Farrah famous. During the Seventies lightweight television show, she was actually nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe for the only season she starred with Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson, with whom she remained friends for decades.

Farrah's popularity right then would have been enough for most women (along with the 20,000,000 copies sold of her red bathing suit poster.) Farrah's swimsuit makes the Smithsonian

Farrah in "The Burning Bed."

But she left "Charlie's Angels"  for movies, and then in 1984 made a very different choice, a television movie called "The Burning Bed." This was the actual story of an abusive couple in Michigan that ended with the wife setting fire to her husband's bed while he was in a drunken stupor. He died. She was not convicted of murder due to the newly diagnosed battered woman syndrome.

Hollywood took up the charge in defending vulnerable women in     Johnny Belinda (1948 film) with Jane Wyatt (Oscar winner for it), but Farrah's performance was viewed by millions in their own homes not too many years after the actual situation had been national news. She was nominated for 

an Emmy and Golden Globe.

The dramatization is noted asinfluential in changing the law, Violence Against Women Act and inspiring a country song by Martina McBride, Independence Day

Farah Fawcett by Andy Warhol

She had left the glamour girl roles permanently. She earned respect (and Golden Globe and Emmy nominations) through many diverse roles from Nazi-hunters to rape victims to child murderers. Farrah Fawcett Awards

But the most challenging role was yet to be filmed. 

Farrah was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, and in 2009 the TV documentary "Farrah's Story," chronicling her battle with the disease aired on NBC.  She posthumously earned her fourth Emmy nomination as producer Farrah's Story (2009) 

Women's History Month: Rosie the Riveter

"We Can Do It!" by J. Howard Miller

Who knows where the misinformation began that women were not intelligent, capable or resilient started from? It has always mystified me anyone would think that; I was raised by bright, hardworking women and taught by brilliant Catholic nuns, so you can understand my confusion.

The image of Rose the Riveter is just the girl next door to most of us, though the poster was designed during World War II to validate women joining the workplace as young men joined the war. My mom, aunt, and grandmother worked as telephone operators rather than in factories, but that was still rather progressive. My father's sister, Aunt Maxine, joined the Army, as he joined the Navy.

Rosie the Riveter 

 Rosie even had music. This includes shots of the assembly lines and aircraft.

 Rosie The Riveter by The Four Vagabonds

To be fair we should recall all the ladies who worked in factories during the Industrial Revolution, the girls and women who pioneered the West, all the females who chose to immigrate to our great country and endured various ship rides to create homesteads, farms, communities and cities; the relentless mothers, sisters, daughters and wives who continue to love, work, struggle to care for families and loved ones in roles at home and in military service.

Maj. Shawna R. Kimbre, USAF

News: Inspiring Change: Air Force female mavericks 

Rosie flies fighter planes now, and designs them.

                                                                Yep, we can.

Teachable Moment: The Irish Diaspora

The Irish Diaspora: It’s Not Easy Being Green

The Irish have been leaving the Old Sod for centuries for many reasons. First, as explorers and proclaimers of the Good News of the Gospel, some say all the way to the Caribbean. 

Hiberno-Scottish mission 

Then, forced immigration. I would say that the mandated expulsions of the Irish from their homeland is a marvelous example of the law of unintended consequences, though not so marvelous from the British perspective. 

Flight of the Wild Geese

The leadership (the Wild Geese) were 'invited' to leave by the British, then fulfilled important roles in the empires and governments of Europe. Later, Cromwell especially liked to be rid of Irish Catholics, even sending Irish enslaved to the Caribbean.  The Scots, especially Highlanders, were exported to Northern Ireland then to the American Colonies after the Bonnie Prince Charlie fiasco, along with the northern Irish that were troublesome to the British (for frequently having uprising for independence.) About thirty years later, the American Revolution began. 

Sending Convicts To Virginia 

 Convicts in Australia

 The Irish were loaded into 'convict' ships to Australia--Australia, now a mighty example of democracy. The potato famine was celebrated by British capitalists as a brilliant opportunity to be rid of the Irish, either by starvation, disease or evacuation to Canada or the 
Grosse Isle Memorial, list of the lost.
 USA on 'coffin' ships. There is a memorial in Canada at Grosse Isle, where my Sullivan ancestors arrived in 1842--one Sullivan survived, Elizabeth, my great great grandmother.

The vibrant contribution of Irish Canadians and Irish Americans is self evident, and not to underestimate the contributions of the same to the persistent, dogged, relentless cause of Irish independence. Unintended consequences (to the British.) But Irish independence is a whole other story.

Irish Canadian 

Irish American 

The City of Chicago - Christy Moore

 To the City of Chicago,
As the evening shadows fall,
There are people dreaming,
Of the hills of Donegal.

Eighteen forty seven,
Was the year it all began,
Deadly Pains of hunger,
Drove a million from the land,
They journeyed not for glory,
Their motive wasn't greed,
Just a voyage of survival,
Across the stormy sea.

To the City of Chicago,
As the evening shadows fall,
There are people dreaming,
Of the hills of Donegal.

Some of them knew fortune,
And some them knew fame,
More of them knew hardship,
And died upon the plain,
They spread throughout the nation,
Rode the railroad cars,
Brought their songs and music,
To ease their lonely hearts.

To the City of Chicago,
As the evening shadows fall,
There are people dreaming,
Of the hills of Donegal. 

Here are a couple of interesting links about the Irish:

The Irish Diaspora Center

The Wild Geese

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Educational Links 3/12/21


The Big Pandemic Tech Challenge: Reliable, High-Quality Internet Experiences for All

Brain Blast: Time Savers for Teachers

Does Accountability Still Matter?


Special education teachers grapple with risks of in-person classes: ‘An impossible choice’

Superintendents call for sustained funding as American Rescue Plan provides nearly $123B for K-12

The Role of Reciprocal Behaviors in Creating a Strong Community

Give-and-take is key in developing interpersonal bonds, but it can be tough for students. These activities foster this important social skill.

Teachable Moment: How the Irish Saved Western Civilization

Finnian of Clonard imparting his blessing to the "Twelve Apostles of Ireland"

  1. Who Saved Civilization? The Irish, That's Who! 

2. Hearts And Minds Aflame For Christ: Irish Monks—A Model For Making All Things New in the 21st Century 
3. It Takes a Monk to Save a Civilization 

4. Europe and the Irish Monks 

5.  St. Columbanus, Missionary to Europe

St. Brendan, from German manuscript

6. St. Brendan: Did An Irish Monk Come To America Before Columbus?

6a. Did the Irish Discover America?

7. Irish Monastic Schools 

Plus, who else but a remarkable group of people could keep a wonderful sense of humor while painstakingly copying scripts for years and years? Meet Pangur Bán, the Irish cat.

Two Translations of a Poem from the Old Irish

Women's History Month: The White Rose, Sophie Scholl

They were college students writing pamphlets using what Americans would call First Amendment Free Speech. 
But Sophie, her brother, her boyfriend and like-minded college students were in Germany in the 1940s.

Being serious about their faith, Sophie and family were Lutherans, they took seriously the social gospel that meant opposing Hitler's regime through passive resistance. Her boyfriend was on the Eastern Front and witnessed atrocities to Russian troops and Jewish populations. Many Christians spoke out against the increasing malevolance of Nazism. 

Sophie and her brother were arrested and actually beheaded through the use of a guillotine in February, 1943.  The nation of Israel has recognized her as 'Righteous Among the Nations,'an honorific used by the State of Israel to describe non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews from extermination by the Nazis.

Hans Scholl (left), Sophie Scholl and Christoph Probst, leaders of the White Rose resistance organization. Munich 1942 (USHMM Photo)
The White Rose: A Lesson in Dissent

75 Years Ago Today: The Incredible Story of Hans and Sophie Scholl

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (Full Film)

Writings and leaders who inspired Sophie Scholl:

Cardianal John Henry Newman

Quotes of Sophie Scholl

Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don't dare express themselves as we did.
Stand up for what you believe in even if you are standing alone
How can we expect fate to let a righteous cause prevail when there is hardly anyone who will give himself up undividedly to a righteous cause?

Image result for statue sophie scholl

Irish Blessing #1

Women's History Month: Antonia Coello Novello

Antonia Coello NovelloM.D., (born August 23, 1944) is a Puerto Rican physician and public health administrator. She was a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and served as fourteenth Surgeon General of the United States from 1990 to 1993. Novello is the first woman and first Hispanic to serve as Surgeon General.

Novello was appointed Surgeon General by President George H. W. Bush, beginning her tenure on March 9, 1990, and was appointed to the temporary rank of vice admiral in the regular corps while the Surgeon General. She was the first woman and the first Hispanic to hold the position.
During her tenure as Surgeon General, Novello focused her attention on the health of women, children and minorities, as well as on underage drinking, smoking, and AIDS. She played an important role in launching the Healthy Children Ready to Learn Initiative. She was actively involved in working with other organizations to promote immunization of children and childhood injury prevention efforts. She spoke out often and forcefully about illegal underage drinking, and called upon the United States Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General to issue a series of eight reports on the subject.
Novello also worked to discourage illegal tobacco use by young people, and repeatedly criticized the tobacco industry for appealing to the youth market through the use of cartoon characters such as Joe Camel. A workshop that she convened led to the emergence of a National Hispanic/Latino Health Initiative.

Changing the Face of Medicine

National Women's Hall of Fame

For Girls in Science