Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Okay.

So you have to choose a great quote by a great person, dress up as that person and give your class and all the parents a talk about the great person, the quote and what life experiences led them to say such a thing. You could choose Nelson Mandella or Princess Diana, or Winston Churchill. But you don't.
Nathan's quote? 'Germany will either be a world power or will not be at all.' Adolf Hitler.
When a teacher asked, 'So Adolf, what obstacles were put in you path?' Nathan said, 'Poland.'

13 comments:

  1. This made me laugh quite vigorously. Thanks Nathan!

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  2. Andrew and I don't really know what to do with this. It was done completely at school - we had no prior knowledge or input. Every other kid chose some kind of hero.

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  3. That is hysterically funny from this distance. In that vein, I suggest the 'Dressing up as Hitler in school - isn't cool' video from South Park.
    More soberly, it's a good quote to show how wrong Hitler was about everything, and he's a good figure to point out the difficulty with inspirational figures. I wonder if it was done as Nathan's critique of the exercise?

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  4. It's all fun and games until the tanks roll in.

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  5. How did the other parents react? (If Chris and I were there, we would have thought it was funny...). Did you ask him why he chose Hitler to begin with?

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  6. Realistically, Simone, he couldn't have chosen Diana!

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  7. A bit off topic, but does Princess Diana really fit into the category of great people? (I'd be prepared to debate that one...)

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  8. They got their quotes from the brainy quotes website, then had to research them. Most of the kids chose really well.

    Diana is a stretch. I agree. Brad Pitt was there too last night.

    Profound stuff from Brad Pitt:
    "I have a hard time with morals. All I know is what feels right, what's more important to me is being honest about who you are. Morals I get a little hung up on."

    I prefer this BP quote: "Fame is a bitch, man."

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  9. It's always more fun to be the bad guy - you can say outrageous, terrible things and glare at people.

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  10. I suspect they wouldn't be allowed to use that 2nd BP one. :-)

    And maybe instead of 'great' it should be 'famous' since I'd rather class Princess Di as great than Adolf Hitler as great.

    I love watching kids when their humour starts to change from child to adult.

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  11. I love it. The term "great" is very ambiguous so Hitler, Pitt and Princess could all fit it with a little creativity. Doesn't sound like you need to worry about lack of independent thought.

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