Wednesday, August 31, 2011

school days

Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
Maria Montessori (31 august 1870-1952), educator & philosopher

here on the north coast school days have started for most children. i'm all for education, but really i think it is just plain wrong for kids to go back to school in august! but no need to go off on a rant - it is what it is, however, i hear there is some movement in the state to try to push (require?) communities to wait until after labor day.

rock icon chuck berry performing his classic song school days - school days was first released in 1957 as a single on the chess record label.

those who enjoy folk music - and who are always looking for something suitable for listeners of all ages - there is a marvelous version school days on elizabeth mitchell's latest album sunny day (2010, smithsonian folkways). some of song is sung by mitchell's young daughter storey which brings a sweet flavor to berry's rocking rock anthem. youtube has a vid of elizabeth and her family and band performing at the 2010 austin city limits festival (unfortunately there's a lot of interference from a competing stage partway into the song - but the vid gives the listener a taste of the mitchell treatment).

the last verse of the song, hail! hail! rock and roll is the title of a 1987 documentary on chuck berry - the film was made in part as a celebration of berry's 60th birthday and to pay tribute to berry's tremendous influence on rock music. berry was among the first group of musicians inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame when it opened in 1986. by the way, berry is still alive and well and at 84 years old young is still rocking and maintains an active concert schedule.

wall wednesday continues....

photo: today's wall wednesday wall is courtesy of my daughter em. when i first saw it i thought it was some type of veggie (with a face) - which is WRONG - so who knows what (or would that be who) this street artist was really portraying ? mairetta, ohio june 2011


karen said...

The wall reminded me of a Ninja Turtle from the old Ninja Turtle cartoons my sons watched...ages ago.
I love Maria Montessori...loved her philosophy so much...that I sent my kids to Montessori school from preschool to eighth grade. The Montessori method was a way of life in our house.
I agree...August is too early for going back to school. It feels like it makes summer shorter.

Watson said...

I agree with the Ninja Turtle! Or maybe a masked alien from another galaxy! Or... :-)

Rubye Jack said...

What's with that drummer? Whatever. Hail, hail rock and roll and nothing else really matters!

Poetry24 said...

Well, Hail, Hail Rock 'n' Wall, I say.

tony said...

Yup It's One Of Those Turtle People!
It's Strange (& bear in mind I'm an ex-teacher myself!)that we teach kids about the world by shutting them in some big building.hey-hoy.Strangly,here in UK, the talk is of shortening the summer holidays.......
Thanks for the Smithsonian link.It looks interesting.

Lora said...

I can't believe the Ninja Turtles are still going strong. I think they've re-vamped them from the originals, which must be about 30 years old.

Wouldn't it be nice if we all got a little re-vampment every 30 years?

You'll be pleased to know that kindergarten doesn't start until 9/12, the older kids go back this Tuesday here.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

you guys are so smart and observant - it is a ninja turtle.

i must admit i didn't/don't know much about the tmnt gang other than they are green, with masks and have the same names of some famous italian painters...and even this knowledge needs to be fact checked. the shortcoming of girl children perhaps....but then again emma knows all about tmnt!!

martin - i like that rock and wall! as long as we don't rock and wail!

tony - the folkways collection is incredible. happy to turn you on!

lora - such a sensible community you live in!!!