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Monday, March 06, 2006

Casimir Pulaski Day

Today, every kid in Chicago has the day off from school because of this weird Polish holiday. Apparently, Chicago has the largest concentration of Polish people outside of Poland, but I still think this is strange. I don't remember having any unique days off when I was in school. (I wonder if the south side of Milwaukee has a big CP celebration.) This reminds me a bit of Jebediah Springfield day.

Of course, the kids all have to write a research paper. Topics include:

1. The quest to send a man to the sun, at night.

2. The Polish kamikaze who flew 48 successful missions.

3. A book review of the Polish classic, "How to Read."

4. Why wasn't Jesus born in Poland? No wisemen, or no virgins? Discuss.

Think that you can do better? That's what the comments are for.

Have a wonderful Casimir Pulaski Day.

5 Comments:

  • It's not just a weird Polish holiday. I went to school in Illinois, and we had off in public schools. As you linked, he fought on America's side.

    The Polish lobbied to have the day recognized as a state holiday (so Wisconsin schools are not affected -- just a day of observance, apparently.)

    If you stay in IL, have kids and educate publicly, they'll get a March day off too (instead of just a midwinter day for teachers' conferences.)

    I'm ok with MLK day, Casmir Pulaski Day, etc. It's a chance to get past stereotypical jokes and learn about different cultures' contributions to our shared country.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:27 PM  

  • It's also the title of a fantastic Sufjan Stevens song.

    By Blogger the Rising Jurist, at 5:33 PM  

  • Pulaski? Used to be Hamilton's arch-rival. No school holiday in early March, unless Easter came early.

    By Blogger Stephen, at 5:37 PM  

  • When I taught in Compton, California, the schools closed on Cinco de Mayo.

    By Blogger MDS, at 9:17 PM  

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    Topic Research Paper

    By Blogger marry, at 7:34 AM  

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