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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Apr 03 2009

Gulag!

Fortunately: 

We’ve been on a quest for background knowledge these past few days so that we can start reading Animal Farm next week. Because I studied Russian and Soviet politics and economics rather seriously in college, this has been an exciting time for me. I LOVE HISTORY! YAY! 

Unfortunately:

As much as I try to galvanize my students, not all of them seem to be quite as fascinated by Soviet history as I am. Today’s documentary, however, with its descriptions of Stalin’s various affronts to humanity, does seem to be helping. (See below.)

Fortunately:

As a “special treat,” we’re watching a documentary on Stalin today. W00t. (I am writing in “real time” right now, sitting at my desk in my classroom.)

Unfortunately:

The documentary, produced in 1996, features a young Condi Rice as a preeminent scholar of Soviet history and politics…and most of my students seem to have no idea who she is. Womp, wooommmp.

Fortunately:

They know who she is now! :)

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