We will not forget…


Just before my grade 7 students began reading Lois Lowry’s “The Giver”, a novel in which memory plays a central role, I asked the students to make a list of the things that we, as members of the human community, should never forget. My goal was to get the students thinking about the lessons they had learned, both large and small, that they might someday want or need to share with other people: friends, family members and, eventually, their own children. During this discussion, we decided that if everyone remembered these lessons and lived according to their memories, we could definitely change the world.

Here is what they said… in no particular order.

We will not forget:
war
music
human rights
first moon landing
poetry
Einstein
that what you say or do will affect others
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Israel and Palestine
George Bush
Chernobyl
baseball
hunger in Africa
falling in love
poetry
sometimes when your parents make a decision that you don’t like, it is to protect you
Dolly the sheep (cloning)
AIDS
Rwanda
The Madrid Bombings on March 11th
September 11th
that you can learn from your mistakes
sailing
Leonardo da Vinci
hunger in Africa
Franco and the Spanish Civil War
Hitler
cancer
kindness
someday you will die
Nelson Mandela
Rosa Parks
your family and other things that make you happy
birthdays
the tsunami in Thailand
Pompeii
dancing
people who were good and sacrificed their lives for others
riding my bike
you should always do your best
the people in Australia who transported light one meter
movies
dreams and goals
The Holocaust
violence is never a solution
do what you want to do with your life
people do actually care
life is short

One comment

  1. wow. makes me wish i could take one of your classes. truly!if only i had teachers/classes like you/yours growing up. i think i'd have better memories of school altogether.hee

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