Homework to Prepare for Feb. 17
- Personal Practice
- Family Tree - #12-21: pitches, rhythms, and lyrics
- Aure volanti - #56-end: pitches, rhythms, Italian
- Iraqi Peace Song - pitches, rhythms, Arabic
- Re-ponder our discussions after reading this excerpt.
I Am Malala, page 146:
Then, at the end of 2008, Fazlullah’s deputy Maulana Shah Dauran announced on the radio that all girls’ schools would close. From 15 January girls must not go to school, he warned. First I thought it was a joke. “How can they stop us from going to school?” I asked my friends. “They don’t have the power. They are saying they will destroy the mountain, but they can’t even control the road.”
The other girls didn’t agree with me. “Who will stop them?” they asked. “They have already blown up hundreds of schools and no one has done anything.”
My father used to say the people of Swat and the teachers would continue to educate our children until the last room, the last teacher and the last student was alive. My parents never once suggested I should withdraw from school, ever. Though we loved school we hadn’t realized how important education was until the Taliban tried to stop us. Going to school, reading and doing our homework wasn’t just a way of passing time, it was our future.…
The Taliban could take our pens and books, but they couldn’t stop our minds from thinking.
- What does education mean to you?
- If your educational tools were taken away from you, would you still have the drive to learn?
- If so, how would you do this?
- Are there ways that education is unequal today?
- Are there people advocating to make education better in the US today?
Homework to Prepare for Feb. 10
- Personal Practice
- Aure volanti
- Iraqi Peace Song
- Familiarize yourself with #86-end. Keep practicing the sounds that you’re not familiar with.
- Family Tree
- Study dynamics and their impact on the story for #35-end.
- It is so easy to stand by and watch things happen to other people. Just reflect on this poem this week ad think about how you are doing with this challenging part of life.
A poem Malala’s father kept in his pocket written by Martin Niemöller, who had lived in Nazi Germany:
First they came for the communists,
And I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist,
Then they came for the socialists,
And I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist,
Then they came for the trade unionists,
And I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionists.
Then they came for the Jews,
And I didn’t speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
And I didn’t speak out because I was not a Catholic.
Then they came for me,
And there was no one left to speak for me.
Go see “He Named Me Malala” with your Girl Choir friends on Saturday (February 9th) at 10:00am at the Appleton Public Library!!