April 5, 2010

Today in Teacherninja History

It's a busy day in history. In 1614, a native american woman nicknamed Pocahantas married the Englishman John Rolfe, got baptized and was from then on known as "Mrs. Rebecca Rolfe." Doesn't have the same ring to it. And for those of you wondering about John Smith, well you have to remember that the story of her saving him was only reported by him and written down years after the alleged event. At the time he described her as "a child of tenne years old" so I doubt they were romantically involved, no matter what Disney has to say.

In 1621 the Mayflower set sail. I heard it was a rough ride.

But as for teacherninjas, it was the birthday, in 1856, of Booker T. Washington! There are a million biographies of him and his own work to check out, but the kid's book everyone seems to like is a fictionalized but inspirational story of him working in a salt mine and desperately learning to read. More Than Anything Else by Marie Bradby, illustrated by Chris Soenpiet.

"The longer I live and the more experience I have of the world, the more I am convinced that, after all, the one thing that is most worth living for-and dying for, if need be-is the opportunity of making someone else more happy."
-Booker T. Washington