I just asked a Year 10 student to turn his music off while he was working on a history presentation that is due tomorrow.
He said, “I bet you don’t even know that song.”
“I might,” I answered. “What song was it?”
“The Battle of New Orleans” by Johnny Horton.
That stopped me. This kid must have digitized his grandfather’s old record collection.
“I do, actually.”
Then he sang, “We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin’…”
And I sang, “There wasn’t nigh as many as there was a while ago!”
He thought that was pretty cool, I guess. Then I asked him how much he wanted me to tell him about the War of 1812.
It’s incredible how suddenly kids can become motivated to work on the assignment that is due tomorrow. I wish I knew how that happened.