Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Brenden's word was liberty. All the kindergartners know that liberty is a word, of course—they say it in the Pledge of Allegiance. Not very many had any idea of what liberty means. Brenden's word offered a wonderful opportunity for us to reflect on what liberty means. It means, basically, freedom. Liberty is what you lose when you do things on "Level 4." Sitting out a recess at school is a loss of liberty. Going to jail is a loss of liberty for adults.
Spellingwise, liberty uses the Soundabet "er" sound, so it was a great choice from a phonemic point of view.
(P.S. It might be well for all of us adult Americans to reflect a bit on liberty, too, as we are citizens of the country that incarcerates—that is takes away the liberty—of so many many people, more than 2 million in all. That's a lot of people to sit in jail. Thirteen of our states have populations of less than 2 million. No free country outdoes us in locking people up. I, for one, am not proud of that fact.)