School End Blues

Posted: June 24, 2011 in Pedagogy & Education

A few times a month I try to remember to visit Spencer Tweedy’s Blog.  At first it was because I’d read a sidebar article about him when reading a music mag interview about his father, who is the leader of the band Wilco.  But soon it was because I was blown away with the creative output from this young man in the areas of photography, music and writing.  In the past couple of years it’s been interesting to watch those all develop and flourish.

As the school year comes to an end, my class from last year just had their Gr. 8 graduation and are headed to the dreaded high school.  Spencer’s recent blog post, “My First Year As A Cow” was a commentary on his first year in a public high school, entering Grade 9 after a lifetime of Montessori schooling.  His comments are extremely perceptive.  It’s definately a 14 or 15 year old writing, and I’m sure adults (especially adult teachers) would have a lot to say about it, but as a statement of an experience from the point of view of the student, it is masterful.

Recommended reading for both teachers and for students, whether going into or coming out of Grade 9.  And check out some of the comments as well.

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