The Ms. Simon Says Podcast
Ms. Simon Says…pay attention this matters

Ms. Simon Says…pay attention this matters

September 20, 2020

Lets talk about advocacy...2020 is the year exposing all manner of injustices. Its more important than every to be informed. In this episode we talk about the basics to becoming your child's advocate at school. Next time we will learn how to understand educational documents.

Ms. Simon Says…lets read the classics together

Ms. Simon Says…lets read the classics together

September 13, 2020

Hi Everyone! Welcome to Ms. Simon Says. Today is Sept. 13 2020 and today we are looking at chapters 3-7 of Animal Farm. Today we are going to do things a little differently. I am going to post a few questions below and I invite you to answer them and send me your answers to MsSimonSays2020@gmail.com  I will choose up to 3 people to join me on our next podcast to discuss your answers and the book so far.

 

Chapter 3:

We see that the animals say that the work is harder but far more rewarding than ever before.  Why do you think that is?

It took the animals 2 days less time to bring in the harvest than it would have taken Farmer Jones. Why do you think that is?

Animal Farm was a farm of, by, and for the animals. In essence the animals had deposed the king (Farmer Jones) and replaced him with a kind of democracy. It is short lived in the minds and hearts of the animals before it is replaced. How did the lack of equality in work load and food rations contribute to that?

How do Snowball & Napoleon represent 2 political parties? How are they one party?

How does the concept of education affect the animal society? Why does Napoleon believe it more important to educate the young? Is it education or indoctrination? How do you know?

How are the pigs using propaganda to manipulate the others? How does their form of education make this possible?

If all the animals are equal why do the pigs need to watch over the others, almost like a parent? Isn't that what Farmer Jones did? How do the pigs manipulate terms like Science to control the others? Why do they choose the term science and not history?

Chapter 5:

How does the growing dispute between Napoleon and Snowball (each with fierce followers) resemble political strife in the real world?

How does Snowball represent growth, freedom and diplomacy? How does Napoleon represent oppression, fear, and war?

How are the sheep...well...sheep (followers)? How do they stifle and even bully the others into being followers too?

Napoleon stages a coup with his secret army in less than an hour. How was this possible? Was it preventable?

Chapter 6 & 7:

How does the Utopia of Animal Farm become their nightmare?

How are the 7 commandments meaningless?

How does propaganda disguised as news hurt the animals?

 

I can't wait to see your thoughts!

Ms. Simon Says…Lets read the classics together

Ms. Simon Says…Lets read the classics together

September 13, 2020

Today we look at chapters 3-7 of Animal farm, but we are trying something a little different. I have posted some questions. I invite you to answer them and send me your responses. I will then invite up to 3 people to join me next podcast to discuss those questions and the book so far.

I can't wait to see your thoughts! Email me at Mssimonsays2020@gmail.com

 

Ms. Simon Says…lets read Animal Farm ch 2

Ms. Simon Says…lets read Animal Farm ch 2

September 5, 2020

Today we read chapter 2 of Animal Farm, we discuss the concept of dystopian novels and the post-modernist movement that led to them. We also talk about how Animal Farm even as early as chapter 2 can be compared to human society.

Next week we are opening the floor to questions and analysis of the book. Below is a link to a free downloadable version of Animal Farm. We will be discussing chapters 3-7. They are short little chapters that are easy to read. I look forward to discussing them with you next week.  Be sure to tune in on Sunday September 13 at 2pm for this very exciting live discussion.

https://www.openrightslibrary.com/animal-farm-ebook/

Ms. Simon Says…Lets read Animal Farm

Ms. Simon Says…Lets read Animal Farm

August 30, 2020

Animal Farm is one of my favorite books! Schools don't teach this book anymore...ask yourself why might that be? Schools rarely teach any book in its entirety anymore. They generally read excerpts only and rarely have a deep analysis of the book, its theme, its word choices, etc. Ask yourself why might that be? What do we gain from literary analysis and from reading literature in general. What do we lose when we stop? As we study Animal Farm keep those thought and questions in mind... because Animal Farm is not a simple fictitious place in a book. Its a real world social structure. It can take root anywhere, everywhere if we don't know how to read the signs.

As schools have stopped teaching these human skills and most will read even less as part of remote teaching - I have launched this series to try and fill that gap.

Ms. Simon Says…#Children’sLivesMatter

Ms. Simon Says…#Children’sLivesMatter

August 17, 2020

Its time the adults in the country started acting like it...everything happening over the past 6 months is greatly affecting ALL of America's children negatively. From quarentine and Pandemic hysteria to school closures and lack of socialization to the ever growing violence from riots and looting sprees all night long. We are allowing our children to become traumatized by selfish people in our streets. Its time to put children at the top of our priority list.

Ms. Simon Says…lets talk about current events

Ms. Simon Says…lets talk about current events

August 8, 2020

There is a slow but steady stream of influence to eradicate or "abolish" everything that the influencers consider racist or uncomfortable. When we abolish standard English grammar and syntax or we abolish history what do we get? We are on the precipice of becoming a dystopian novel ... and its really sad. Today we discuss how knowing history in relation to current events creates understanding and how the national teachers' unions are pushing to control the minds of young people through mis-education.

Part2- School Choice

Part2- School Choice

August 1, 2020

We continue to look at what school choice really is, what options are available, and why it matters.

Ms. Simon Says…lets talk about school choice

Ms. Simon Says…lets talk about school choice

July 25, 2020

Education is a business...and you better believe public/government schools are at the top of that food chain. They play the game well and make the most money off the backs of well teachers and students. The problems in the system are far from new, but COVID sure is shining a bright light on what they are. Your child is the most important treasure you have and their education is their ticket to a good life, without a good education life is very difficult, full of limitations. The good news is you have choices: you are not required to send your child to a government school. In this episode I will explain what the problems are, what the solutions are, and how you can start today to get your child the education they deserve.

Let’s talk about our constitution

Let’s talk about our constitution

July 18, 2020

Most Americans think they know the constitution because they read it briefly as 12 years olds. But they don't really know it, certainly don't really understand the words written so long ago and how they affect us today. And hardly any Americans understand that this is the core of our culture. So lets talk about this living breathing document as it resides in all of us.

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