A gentle reminder ...

The goal of this blog initially was for Mr. Mc to show his students and friends what he doing while in Pennsylvania and DC in 2011. Now it's being used as a place for him, travelling colleagues and former students to discuss edumacation and history related "stuff" as well as ... well, anything which pops into his head. Mr. Mc would never knowingly embarrass either the school he loves or the family he is devoted to. By joining in the discussion, he expects the same of you.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A little speechifying from across the pond ...

My Ford's Theater fellowship is being built for my Eighth grade classes. However, I found myself playing a speech for my Seventh grade European History class and wanted to share. We are in the throws of World War Two and how could I not play them a Winston Churchill speech. Think about it--a grouchy, doughy fella with a penchant for cigars and bow ties...hmmm. (And yes I do own a navy bow tie with white polka dots in honor of the prime minister, thank you very much.)

I also showed them this promo for a Churchill exhibit at the Morgan Library and Museum in NYC.

The note below is from King George VI to Mr. Churchill. Apparently, in a conversation the day before, Churchill announced that he would be going to France with the troops for the Normandy Invasion. The king's response is wonderful ... from the "My dear Winston" to the "...but in all seriousness, I would ask you reconsider your plan." It really helps show that these weren't cardboard cutouts but actual people. It also shows that what we see as inevitable in history is anything but.

Source: National Library of Scotland