The Poor Kid That Got Samuel Adams

02.1.12


Alexander is in the 5th grade and in the fifth grade you study the Revolutionary War. I studied the Revolutionary War in 5th grade and did a report on Nathan Hale who I referred to as Nathaniel Hale for a good long time because I knew Nathaniels and no Nathans. I remember little about my studies except that Hale supposedly said:

I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.

Which I thought was a load of shit. At age ten I was pretty sure that historians were prone to exaggeration. At age 41 I’m even more sure. Who says that?

Alexander will be studying Thomas Jefferson who Mr. G insisted was not a president but we all seem to think he was. Mr. G was telling Alexander that he was the brains behind the Revolution and penned the most important parts of the constitution and then the two of them went on to talk about history in ways that I really didn’t understand. I picked up my phone and googled Thomas Jefferson to confirm the fact that he wasn’t ever president. Shut up. I’m really good at math and science.

In addition to researching their historical characters the 5th grade class will do a Walkthrough Revolution. Alexander will play the part of Jefferson. He doesn’t see Jefferson as a large role and thinks that the boys who get to play George Washington and Benjamin Franklin are the luckiest.

“You know who is unlucky, Mom?” He asks me. Not waiting for an answer he says, “Tony. Tony has to research Samuel Adams and it’s going to be impossible.” He waits a beat and says, “He’s going to google that guy and the only thing he’s going to find is beer.”

My kid may know a lot about history, but we’ve got to teach him a thing or two about search.

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5 responses to “The Poor Kid That Got Samuel Adams”

  1. Glad to know my husband and son aren’t the only ones who get giddy about talking about history in a way I will never understand! And I love you to death Jessica, and I think you are smarter than me, but one thing I do know about history is that  Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd president of the United States – 2 terms even. (Maybe you meant Franklin or Hamilton, who were never president, but many people think they were?) I bet they all liked (and possibly brewed their own) beer. xoxo

  2. Absenceofalternatives says:

    LOL. probably to us Tony is the luckiest since he gets to drink beer while on stage!

    This points out something I’ve always wanted: search filtering by adding Exclusion.

  3. Erintales says:

    I think your son is right. ;) It’s going to be a whoooole bunch of Beer articles. And then Tony will be forced on wikipedia, which is just known for it’s accuracy. ;) (Bah!)

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