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Сургалт 154 2013-05-11

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Хичээл заасан багш Ариунзаяа, Биндэръяа, Philip Chung

Бага насны ангилалд

Өнөөдрийн хичээлд 16 хүүхэд  ороцсон бөгөөд англи хэлний хичээлээр сурагчдыг 4 баг болгон хувааж цээжлүүлсэн шинэ үгээр өрсөлдүүллээ. Монгол хэлний хичээлээр АНУ-н ерөнхийлөгч Барак Обамагийн “Та нартаа би дуулъя” охиддоо бичсэн захиа номыг уншиж өгч ярилцлаа. Тус  номонд туйлын зорилгоо гүйцээн, улс орноо бүтээн босгосон Америкийн арван гурван алдарт хүмүүстийн тухай өгүүлнэ. Энэхүү номд хэн бүхний дотор оршин буй хүсэл мөрөөдлөө тууштай биелүүлэх, зорьсон зорилгодоо тэмүүлэн хүрэх нуугдмал нөөц бололцооны талаар өгүүлдэг. Номыг уншиж өгөх үед хүүхдүүд тойрч суугаад маш чимээгүй, анхааралтай сонссон. Хүүхдүүд эдгээр 13 алдартай хүмүүсээс сонгож аваад тухайн хүнийхээ талаар дэлгэрэнгүй мэдэж ирэх гэрийн даалгавартай буцлаа.

Дуэд насны ангилалд:

- Began by learning the lyrics to "Pray" by Justin Bieber. This song is about starving children and dying soldiers. Afterwards, we examined a few scenes from that music video with a critical eye.

- I talked about one of my own journeys to learn more about inequality and the world at large. For this journey, I had travelled to Ghana for two months to live in an impoverished village in the middle of nowhere. I told the kids that economic inequality is a complicated subject, but that during my time in Ghana I was able to form a more concrete opinion for myself on the American Dream.

- I described the American Dream as the belief that if you study hard, go to college, find a job, and work hard, then you can go on to have a successful career and a successful life. In addition, one day you will have the opportunity to have a family, a nice house, a pretty yard, and a dog.

- I told the kids that, for many people, the American Dream was a good dream. But I also told the kids that, in my opinion, the American Dream is a misrepresentation, for possibly the majority of people.

- I shared the story of my own parents, who worked hard and had successful careers, yet often didn't have extra money. Why did they need to spend so many hours in the office, working on things that they were not particularly passionate about?

- Here was the realization that I came to in Ghana: that one house is the same price as twenty cars. In other words, if you purchased twenty cars, of course you would be spending many hours in the office working to pay them off.

- To illustrate this point, I laid out twenty toy cars on the table.

- The prices of cars and the prices of houses vary, but I found that the analogy largely holds; i.e., one expensive house is about the price of twenty expensive cars, and one budget house is about the price of twenty budget cars. Mongolia's scheme is different, but not far off.

- I also added that buying a lot of stuff doesn't make you happy. Compared to Americans, the Ghanaians earned much less. But I did not find the the Ghanaians to be more unhappy than Americans overall.

- It is also widely believed that most Americans do not enjoy their jobs. So, I offered the opinion that spending decades working these jobs, in order to pay back these cars, may not be a great way to spend our lives for many of us.

- Throughout this lesson, we read a number of illustrated quotes that related to career choices and life meaning. Among these were quotes by Robert Frost, Benjamin Franklin, Chris Guillebeau, and Alan Watts.

- Told the kids that discovering their meaning in life was up to them. A dream such as the American Dream was a clear option. But, if they choose to pursue such a dream, they should do it consciously, with an understanding of the time and type of work they would need to commit to. They should not fall into this path simply because it is the default path.

- With that, we finished the lesson on the American Dream.

- Read a document that I prepared which summarized my opinions on the life topics that we covered in the past ten weeks. Reviewed my opinions on the American Dream, Relationships, Drugs, Tolerance, Self-Defense, Education, Sustainability, Inequality, Food, and Sex.

- In the time remaining, learned or listened to several other songs, including "Bare Necessities" by Louis Armstrong, the classic "Baby It's Cold Outside", two trashy songs by LMFAO, and Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole's "Somewhere over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World".

- As a mini-lesson, watched a Leslie Morgan Steiner's TED Talk on domestic violence, and read an illustrated quote by Frank Herbert related to the subject.

- This was my last official lesson, and the last report that I will write for 4H Mongolia.