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Monday, October 23, 2017

Teachers Vow To "Teach Like Gord"

Regional | by Vanessa Culbert  

Hashtag spreads as Clinton, Stratford teachers pass on Gord Downie-style instruction.

"Teach Like Gord" .

That, is the message from two high school teachers from Southwestern Ontario (Clinton and Stratford) who want their colleagues across the country to incorporate Gord Downie in their lessons this week.

The Tragically Hip Frontman died of glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, on Thursday at the age of 53

Music teachers Isaac Moore and Josh Geddis felt they really wanted to do something for the "stand up Canadian".

Geddis says his class will be digging deep into the song "Wheat Kings" which was inspired by wrongdoings in the Canadian criminal justice system.

He adds a science teacher will be looking at the song "Land" and clear cutting issues.

The hashatag #TeachLikeGord is now trending online thanks to the pair, but Moore admits they did not think the idea would get this big.

Geddis says Downie mentioned numerous time that he hoped people would carry on and take on his sword when it comes to reconciliation issues.

Geddis adds this opens the opportunity for teachers to look at how they are teaching students about truth and reconciliation

He says they have a good tool in the "Secret Path"

The secret path is about Chanie Wenjack, a young Anishinaabe boy from the Marten Falls First Nation who died in 1966 while trying to return home after escaping from an Indian residential school.

Isaac Moore says Downie also devoted the last few couple years to the idea of togetherness and used his platform to that.

He adds, they are trying to do the same thing as teachers.

Moore says he thinks "Downie would feel pretty good about "TeachLikeGord"


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