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October 3, 2011

October Meeting 2011

Our October meeting speaker is Barbara Gottstein-Schramm, a teacher with the KIKUS language program since its start-up in 1989. KIKUS offers a fully-integrated language learning method designed to encourage and promote early multilingualism. KIKUS (pronounced “keekooz”) stands for „Kinder in Kulturen und Sprachen" (which can be loosely translated as “Children of Many Cultures and Languages").

Originally developed to support the German language skills of young children from immigrant families in Munich kindergartens, the concept has since been expanded and applied to other languages, including English, Spanish, and Turkish. Gottstein-Schramm serves as a trainer and seminar leader for KIKUS, as well as the head of the foreign language department of the association. She will not only detail how the program has helped more than 20,000 students since its founding, but also explore the benefits of early multilingualism and development. Please join us to learn more about this important topic!

Date: Weds. evening, Oct. 19, 2011
Time: 6:30 PM

October Book Club

This month's reading, Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto, is a very interesting take on the American education system and its impact on our kids. Gatto’s storytelling skill shines as he relates tales of real people who fled the school system and succeeded in spite of the popular wisdom that insists on diplomas, degrees, and credentials. He focuses on mechanisms of familiar schooling that cripple imagination, discourage critical thinking, and create a false view of learning as a by-product of rote-memorization drills.

John Taylor Gatto taught for thirty years in public schools. He climaxed his teaching career as New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991. That same year, he resigned from school-teaching in the op-ed pages of The Wall Street Journal. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to bring about school reform.

Come for what is sure to be an interesting discussion on what could be a hot topic!

Date: Monday evening, Oct. 17th, 2011

Here the line up for the next few months:
Nov: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Dec: No Book Club - Christmas Break
Jan: In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Feb: We pick our reading for the next 6 months!

Girls’ Night Out

In October, we begin our Around The World in Munich Tour, by dining at a different ethnic restaurant each month. This month features Afghan cuisine.