Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Reginald E.H. Dyer

We're still making our way through Gandhi, and we will be for the rest of the week.  Today, we got to the Amritsar Massacre - also known as the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre.

I've thought a lot about General Reginald E.H.Dyer from this scene.  He was the one that wanted to teach all of India a lesson: "Look what happens if you don't obey the law."

It is a deeply troubling scene, but I wonder if it is over-simplified.  More on that tomorrow.

To get the extra credit tonight, students you have to have read the blog with an adult.  Discuss today's portion of the film with them.  Explain what happened at the Amritsar Massacre.  What did General Dyer do?  Why did he do it?  What was Gandhi's response?  How did you feel?

When you're done, write the following quote on a piece of paper: "There is violence that desensitizes, but there is also violence that resensitizes."

I hope to see you at the show tomorrow.  The subs have been ordered.  If you still want a ticket, too bad.  You missed your chance.  (Although, if you really want in - you may be able to bring in $7 and give it to Mrs. Gowdy tomorrow.  ...If you look really sad, she might cave.  I'll give up my lunch tomorrow if it means one more student can attend.)

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