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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.

As I write this, two young fellows are setting up my new bookcases, the last two pieces of the new furniture in my bright and shiny new classroom.

Funny, isn’t it, how simple changes can make such a difference. Not that a complete classroom makeover would ever be considered a “simple change.” After all, many dollars were spent and many man hours expended to give me and my students these new floors, new counters, new desk, new paint, and new cabinets.

But the renovations didn’t just change the way this room looks. It changed the way the room feels, gave it a new ambiance. That sense of a new and welcoming space contributes to the positive vibe that I get from my students this year. They understand that, in truth, all this was done for them, that all the money and the time and the new floors and freshly-polished surfaces were put there for them, to help them be successful.

And they are right. Your tax dollars at work, Mr. And Mrs. America, providing mute but vivid testimony that your children are our first priority. And if I sit here basking in the windfall of our devotion to their growth and success, then I’m grateful, too.

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.