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we were discussing mexican independence day today [which, incidentally, is tomorrow the 16th - when father hidalgo started the revolution, etc etc]... anyway, we are all familiar with the song "cortez the killer" by neil. great song. written about hernan cortes, who with his men basically looted, plundered, raped and pillaged through mexico.... anyway i ask my kids today....

"do you know neil young?"

i get:

blank stares.

"did he land on the moon?"

"he's canadian?!?!?"

me: :: :: ::

tomorrow their neil young education BEGINS!!!

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I've got some hope for you meggo. My friend Jenice who you would all really like is teaching in Orangeville and one class is a gifted class. Anyways she called me last night ecstatic that one student had written something truly brilliant that was an essay called 'Mmm Rubbery'. I fu©king love the title. She read bits and pieces and I was blown away. She doesn't know how to mark it because it's heavily non traditional but there's hope.

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my niece Emily has been a Neil Young fan since she was four or five. i remember driving her home one day and a song came on the radio, i believe it was Heart of Gold or Harvest Moon. i sang along as i so often do, and she caught right on to the simple lyrics, singing with me the whole way.. then says, "my mommy listens to this music." i told her who Neil was, and she's been making the request ever since. she's 8 now.

...some peoples parents, eh?

go get 'em meggo! sounds like they need you.

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hah! thanks for helping instill the hope in me. call me narrow minded, but i just don't GET how you could not love neil. craig i have been attempting to indoctrinate my nephews forever... one day one of them said, "music is your life!" hahah... i think he was 5 or 6 at the time, funny. i went to see him this summer - lip synching with some other boys to the ramones!!! i was so proud!

as an aside: he was also wearing one large rubber glove for the performance. i'm not sure about the significance but i'm sure it's something brilliant ;)

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Meggo. Our plight has never been more desperate. The children must learn but the ministry documentation doesn't have a learning expectation for Neil. The good news for me is I teach in St. Thomas and if you ask most of the kids to scour their parent's CDs they may find some gems.

Similar moment this week. I have this picture in my classroom Some kid is like "Is that Sir Stanford Flemming with Trudeau"

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First of all, where'd he get Flemming from? Second of all, tomorrow, Revolver. Stat.

What are you teaching this year?

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scottieking! how goes it sweets???

i'm teaching grade 11 spanish this semester, and grade 10 and 12 next semester, at gloucester high in ottawa [gloucester]. we're the gators :D

jeeez... stanford flemming? JEEZ!!!!!!!

i can't find my copy of cortez the killer but i may have to have some kind of interim neil, because as you say, desperate times. one thing that i just thought of [they don't call me "brighty" for nothing!] is that our school is extremely multicultural... 45 different languages spoken ::.... so for the kids whose families are more recent additions to our purty little mosaic, i suppose they have an excuse. but not after this year!!!

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I think it's funnier when I mention Neil to older folks who say, "Isn't that Scott Young's boy? I remember he was going to be a musician." I swear, this has happened to me more than once! I'm not making this up!

Seeing Neil tomorrow night (with Randy Bachman and the Barenaked Ladies). I shall report back...

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