Thursday, September 11, 2008

Teacher´s Day

September 11th is Teachers Day here so the kids are off school today.

We got together with the other two Year 3 classes to join efforts for the teachers presents.

They have one Spanish teacher each which is the main teacher and gets the bigger present, then they are mixed up for the four German teachers and have another lot that are in common (art, computer science, music, 4 gym/swimming, crafts, etc) That way the teachers they share get a better present than from each class individually. :)

As a representative mom I got in charge of our teacher´s present and seven cards. The other mom from Year 3B (Tatiana´s class) got some presents and the other moms from another Year 3 got the rest.

A bit of history on why it´s Teachers Day (got from wikipedia):

Domingo Faustino Sarmiento AlbarracĂ­n (February 15, 1811 – September 11, 1888) was an Argentine activist, intellectual, and writer, and the seventh President of Argentina. His writing spanned a wide range of genres and topics, from journalism to autobiography, to political philosophy and history. He was a member of a group of intellectuals, known as the "Generation of 1837", who had a great influence on nineteenth-century Argentina. Sarmiento himself was particularly concerned with educational issues, and is now sometimes considered "The Teacher" of Latin America. He was also an important influence on the region's literature.

While president of Argentina from 1868 to 1874, Sarmiento championed intelligent thought—including education for children and women—and democracy for Latin America. He also took advantage of the opportunity to modernize and develop train systems, a postal system, and a comprehensive education system. He spent many years in ministerial roles on the federal and state levels where he travelled abroad and examined other education systems.

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