Chapter 2

    My first name means “strong” in Celtic, not that I’m all that strong or of Celtic descent. My last name translates to “hunter” in German. This is sort of funny because  I come from a long line of farmers rather than hunters. I myself have never really hunted much more than some sparrows at my grandma’s after she bought me a BB gun. The reason that my parents chose the name Brian is that they could agree on the lesser of several evils. My mom had a couple of goofy, but not terrible, names in mind. My dad wanted either George or Barney, which might not be quite as bad as Sue, but pretty bad nonetheless.  Here’s my poem, sort of describing me.

Honest with others
Loves life
Hates having no home
Fears falling and failing
Wishes for a weightless world
Chapter 4
    Zayd’s coming of age project certainly has the boy thinking about who he is in relation to himself. In fact, all of the ideas for the ME curriculum tend to focus primarily on the individual. I enjoy the use of the individual in the classroom, but I do have some concerns when it comes to what happens once we do this. My mom’s cousin is a teacher in Kansas, and he says that the last few years have been pretty bad for him because of a curriculum similar to a ME curriculum. We could call it the SELF curriculum in which students learn self-respect, self-love, self-reflection, and self-whatever. Students don’t want teachers to invade their personal space, and feeling good about oneself is as important as success. I feel that a ME curriculum must have the YOU and US components added in. Ayers tries to deal with this aspect of the curriculum with his discussion of culture, but I worry that teachers will see the creative potential of the ME projects and forget about the rest. My mom’s cousin feels so strongly about the SELF curriculum that he implies that such curriculums are responsible for the recent rash of school violence—“I am important, too, and I can show them. They are not as important as me.”  I plan on using parts of a ME curriculum in order to get kids interested, and then shift the focus to US.
    The coming of age celebratio

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