Saint Patrick's Day

Dezasete de marzo de 2021: no instituto celebramos o día de San Patricio, patrón de Irlanda. Os rapaces e rapazas vestiron de verde ou trouxeron un trébol da sorte como di a tradición, pero adémais deixaron plasmadas as súas mensaxes expresando os motivos polos que se sinten afortunados. “May your day be touched with a bit of Irish luck, brightened by a song in your heart and warmed with smiles by the people you love” Happy St. Patrick’s day!!


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Thought of the day

15 Nov 2015

Rain is good for vegetables, and for the animals who eat those vegetables, and for the animals who eat those animals.

Samuel Johnson


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TOPIC   Parents are the best teachers in children's lives

When children are young the only teacher they have are their parents. Parents teach children basic skills that are needed in the real world and important to for a child's development. While some people argue that parents are the best teachers, I believe that parents are not the best teachers because they are unable to be objective when it comes to their children and try to force their own morals and values on their children.

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Second, parents often try to force their own values and morals on their children. While either actively or unintentionally, parents need to remember that their children are separate people and need the opportunity to development and make their own decisions. While a certain set of morals and attitudes may have been appropriate for their parents, children face changes that parents may be unable to adapt to due to generational differences. For example, a parent may find a certain type of music inappropriate for their children such as Eminem. While the lyrics may use profanity, parents may forget that Elvis at the time was considered inappropriate due to his gyrating hips. When it comes to careers, trying to steer their child in a specific direction is only living vicariously. A child needs to make the choices in their own life, not follow the goals and dreams of their parents.

In conclusion, while parents play a significant role in the development of their children, they are not the best teachers. A parent's lack of objectivity will detrimentally effect a child's development when children are not held accountable for their actions. Parents may also push their morals and values on their children against their wishes. These problems can seriously hold back a child's overall development.

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American Traditions

Thanksgiving Day
National holiday in the United States commemorating the Pilgrims' celebration of the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colony in 1621, after a winter of great starvation and privation. The celebration was probably held in October. The neighboring Wampanoags, who outnumbered the colonists, joined them for three days and contributed food to the celebration. The first proclaimed day of thanksgiving in the colony was not held until 1623 (probably at the end of July), following an improvement in prospects for the still struggling colony, and was a day of prayer, not feasting.

After the American Revolution the first national Thanksgiving Day, proclaimed by President George Washington, was Nov. 26, 1789, and the Episcopal Church began celebrating an annual day of thanksgiving on the first Thursday in November. Some states established an annual Thanksgiving Day, but there was no annual national holiday until President Abraham Lincoln, urged by Sarah J. Hale, proclaimed one in 1863, appointing as the date the last Thursday of November. Although the only known contemporary account of the 1621 Plymouth harvest celebration had been rediscovered in 1841, the national Thanksgiving Day initially was not officially linked to it.
In 1939, 1940, and 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Thanksgiving the next-to-last Thursday in November. Conflicts arose between Roosevelt's proclamation and about half of those of state governors, and in 1941 Congress passed a joint resolution decreeing that Thanksgiving should fall on the fourth Thursday of November. The day is observed by church services and family reunions; the customary turkey dinner is a reminder of the wildfowl served at the Pilgrims' celebration. Canadians also celebrate a national Thanksgiving Day, on the second Monday in October; prior to 1957 it was on the last Monday of the month.

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