I got an email from Oprah today.
Let me clarify, my district English coordinator got an email from Oprah and she forwarded it to me.
She was thrilled to write me with exciting news for my high school students!
On January 16, 2006, The Oprah Show is doing something WE’VE NEVER DONE
BEFORE. In addition to announcing my new book club selection-which I
promise is mandatory reading for every human being on the planet-I will
also announce Oprah’s National High School Essay Contest to accompany it.
Evidently, after the new book club selection is announced, the essay contest is announced along with it. Students will have from January 16th to February 6th to read this book which all humans should read and craft an award winning essay. But she suggests I use this novel with my class. So I have from January 16th to February 6th to procure classroom sets of the book, read it with them, and then have essays done? Bless me, Oprah, I just can't handle it.
I am reminded of my days selling personal care products, when women would walk into the store with those Scooby-Doo zombie eyes. "I neeeeeed the Oprah Pumpkin Mask!!!!". "What do you meeeeean the Milk products are discontinued!?!? Oprah says they are wonderful!?!?".
I tell you, it's coming, next round of educational standards we draft will be done by Oprah.
It leads me to a post that I can't fully flesh out now: Ways Oprah Is Like Jesus. I will need your help, reader, hit me with ideas. Leave that bloglines window and comment.
1. It's not Oprah that bothers me as much as her followers.