Tuesday, October 20, 2015

#WeirdEd Week 79- Ghosts

Yes, I know today is the day Marty McFly travels to in BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II. I also know that I'm already exhausted hearing about it on social media and as of the writing of this it's not even the 21st yet. I promise to do a Back to the Future chat soon. But today is not that day. Besides, October is all about Halloween.
Tonight's #WeirdEd is about ghosts. There's two reasons for this. First, it's October and #WeirdEd in October means Halloween-centric chats. Second, I'm an irresponsible adult and I'm going to the Ghost concert tonight at the Roseland Theater in Portland. See how nicely all of that ties together? It's almost like I planned it that way.

Ghosts are reminders of our past. Why are they still around? Unfinished business? Haunting the chapel? Lost on the way to the exit? Ghosts are nearly transparent, and yet somehow still affect things around them. Ghosts get busted by wise cracking New Yorkers.

Everyone has ghosts. There are things watching over education's shoulder, hard to shake and harder still to see. Not always evil, though rarely benevolent, the non-corporeal have a unique sense of being totally undefined. They can be anything and often are. Ghost stories are scary, but not all ghosts have to be. How terrifying can something be if you can dress up as it by cutting two eye holes in a sheet? How terrifying is something that you can barely see, can't touch, and yet still feel?

Education is haunted. Let's gather around the campfire and talk about it.

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