“How many times have you felt like a bookcase
sitting in a living room gathering dust
full of thoughts already written?
(how ’bout now?)” — Fugazi
Okay, so this is my first blog post. I’m not too sure how this goes but I’ll wing it. I guess I’ll write about why I chose a Fugazi song as my first blog. For those of you that don’t know, Fugazi was an American post-hardcore band that was known for their DIY ethical stance. Back in my day, any show they did only cost 5 bucks…no matter where the venue! If nothing else, Fugazi was cool for that reason alone, but there was something else. Their lyrics and music spoke to me as a disgruntled youth. I got lost in their music and somehow found myself.
Why Furniture? While I love the music in this song, the lyrics speak to me. I see this song as a wake up call to think! As a teacher so much of what we teach is defined by a textbook, novel, outside piece of writing, and that’s great, but I feel like if I am not challenging my students to think on a daily basis, I am not really teaching them. Sure, there is some pre-loading of information we have to do, but how about letting them go once in a while and think? And, of course, there are the students that have to be taught to think critically, but those are the ones that will teach me more about teaching. They will be the ones that create the rub for me.