Milt Johns had summer assignments for everybody, which I'll repeat here from Tom's notes:
* High school students: Read Animal Farm or 1984 both by George Orwell. Johns wants a report.
* Middle school students: Visit the Manassas Battlefield twice, once to learn about the battles fought their and a second time to appreciate the wildlife.
* Elementary school students: Visit the Air and Space Museum extension near Dulles Airport.
* Parents: Look at what your children are wearing to school. If your students are wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt, google Che Guevara.
My children are most definitely NOT wearing Che Guevara t-shirts. My daughter has seen them though. But if they do, here's my recommended google reading for Che:
The cult of Ernesto Che Guevara is an episode in the moral callousness of our time. Che was a totalitarian. He achieved nothing but disaster. Many of the early leaders of the Cuban Revolution favored a democratic or democratic-socialist direction for the new Cuba. But Che was a mainstay of the hardline pro-Soviet faction, and his faction won. Che presided over the Cuban Revolution's first firing squads. He founded Cuba's "labor camp" system—the system that was eventually employed to incarcerate gays, dissidents, and AIDS victims.The rest of the article is hardly more flattering.
He was killed in Bolivia in 1967, leading a guerrilla movement that had failed to enlist a single Bolivian peasant. And yet he succeeded in inspiring tens of thousands of middle class Latin-Americans to exit the universities and organize guerrilla insurgencies of their own. And these insurgencies likewise accomplished nothing, except to bring about the death of hundreds of thousands, and to set back the cause of Latin-American democracy—a tragedy on the hugest scale.