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“Seems like everybody else could see the things you never did, but if you could yourself you’d probably never have made it through the things you did. With your heart still beating".

                             

-- Josh Ritter, Still Beating

Bow Tie Friday

It’s a reasonable question: why the bow tie every Friday? A reasonable question deserves a reasonable answer, so here it is. A bow tie is special, quaint and unexpected. It’s the little difference that makes a difference when it probably shouldn’t. It’s the smile you didn’t expect from the stranger on the street, the fortune in the cookie that feels pleasingly apropos. The Doctor said it best: bow ties are cool.

The first two weeks are behind us.

Summer reading tests have come and gone for my freshmen. My seniors have confronted the challenges of truth and fact, and wrestled with the conundrum that is Plato.

The ninth-graders are starting to come out of their shell. Conversations and laughter have replaced the nervous silence of the first few days. I like the change.

My bright and shining classroom has a working smart board, a temperamental air conditioning system, and shelves full of books. Thanks to the coffee pot on the counter by the door, the scents of hazelnut and French vanilla fill the room.

Now we roll up our sleeves and get busy. DEA testing looms for my PIB freshmen. For the seniors, we begin the process of looking at the ways of knowing and deciding whether we really do know what we think we know. My students and I will start aligning the colored squares of the Rubik’s cube that is Christopher Boone’s mind.

In other words, the real work starts. And the fun.


In case you were wondering, I’m the third one from the left. The three smiling young ladies were students in my AP Lit & Comp class last year, who decided to follow my fashion sense on “Dress as your Favorite Teacher Day.”

“When you’re a kid, they tell you it’s all… Grow up, get a job, get married, get a house, have a kid, and that’s it. But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. It’s so much darker. And so much madder. And so much better.”

        -- Doctor Who

A resource site for Mr. Creamer’s students at Rutherford High School in Panama City, Florida

Socrates Sites

Attention, TOK students! We have read some Plato and considered Socrates’ words on truth. Here are some fun links that give you the chance to explore more about Socrates and his world.

The Socrates Argument Clinic! Argue with the master in a style Monty Python would love!

History.com has a great page devoted to all things Socrates. You’ll find writings, videos, and more here, all devoted to the great Western philosopher.