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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Opening Ceremonies

I always watch the Olympics.  I think I learned more about the world watching the Olympics than I did in school. 

Educational bloggers have been discussing the rise of China in the world since the Did You Know slide stating that China would have more English-speaking people than the United States in the near future. 

If anyone was in doubt, it should have become obvious when at the end of the coverage, the little 9 (or 10) year-old boy, Lin Hao, with Yao Ming said in perfect English, with less of an accent than Yao, "Thank you, thank you very much" to the reporter who interviewed Yao about the meaning of the Olympics to him and China.

We use the word "ubiquitous" when we discuss technology in the classroom.  But how about the ubiquity of the technology and engineering in the artistic beauty of the ceremonies. 

Bob Costas said they could retire the trophy for Opening Ceremonies as it relates to beauty, spectacle, and awe.  I find it hard to argue with that.  It was the most impressive ceremony I've seen...well except for Izzy (the Olympic spermascot) in 1996.  Geez, America...is that the best we can do in the fields of creativity and engineering. 


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