Letter from a former student:
“Yale has played a tremendous role in broadening horizons. I’d never really been a very political person before –
you probably remember quiet little me when it came to current events
back in the good ‘ole days – but there is so much debate and political
unrest here, it is almost impossible to not become aware of the
issues. There are so many things in this world that are flawed, and I
think awareness is the key to improving them. I used to dislike the
“current events” part of our class, but now looking back, I see the
significance of this exercise. I only wish I saw it then.” And now,
as I am about to embark on this long and treacherous journey called
Life, I see it fitting that I look to the past, to the man who has
been so important to growth. And I want to thank him. Thank you.
Mr. Blumengarten.” (1989)
daily homework assignment was to have students
either read, watch or listen to the news and we would discuss the
major news stories the next day.
To teach Current Events I had class put on their own news show. I
had co-anchors and feature correspondents for International, National,
State and Local News. I also had a Sports Reporter, Fashion Editor,
Television and Movie Editor, etc.
The children loved putting on the news and even performed
it for the faculty during their lunch period.
The children enjoyed a news producer who came to speak to them and
explained the background of a news show. We also took a field trip to
tour a news studio.
Years later when wife and I were walking in Midtown Manhattan a former
student yelled name and ran up to us in his NBC News jacket.
He was part of that class that put on the news show!
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