WEIRD THINGS MY MIDDLE SCHOOL DID THAT I DIDN'T REALIZE WERE WEIRD UNTIL WAY LATER
Eccentricities of a contemporary private middle school
- •May DayA pagan festival to celebrate spring where in students weave rainbow ribbons around a pole. The holiday was also adopted by socialist and communist groups to commemorate laborers and the Haymarket bombing.
- •Children of Color LunchEvery Wednesday all the children of color ate lunch together. I was originally totally offended that I didn't get an invite (I'm white).
- •Raps about KwanzaaAt our holiday concert, since there are no popular songs about Kwanza, our school's resident rap artist wrote some rhymes about the African holiday. Lyrics include: "Kwanzaa! Sierra Leone to Uganda. Ethiopia, Somalia, Rwanda. Kwanzaa! Men, women, boys and girls are celebrating Africa around the world!"
- •3rd grade half year whaling voyageTo study whaling villages in New England we pretended we were different members of a whaling ship. I was a greenhorn. Our teacher was the captain. I was mad that the other Hannah got to be the chef.
- •Wade in the water, Lift every voice and Sing, etc.Way too many negro spirituals for the % of black kids
- •Mandatory ballroom dance lessonsIdk these were a thing. I can foxtrot
- •Wood shopOne time I made a mask
- •MovementAs opposed to Physical Education or gym
- •4th grade olympicsComplete with traditional home-made chytons
- •Farm schoolMy 6th grade class lived and labored on a farm in New Hampshire for 4 days. This was child labor.
- •Lemon WeekWe pretended lemons were our children and we had to take care of them for a week