Learn the Difference Between the UK, Great Britain, and England

The United Kingdom has been in the news a lot lately after last week’s vote to leave the European Union, a.k.a. Brexit. Marc, our teacher for the English/Math Brush Up class, asked EOC staff: “Do you know the difference between the UK, Great Britain, and England?” We sat around trying to figure it out.

So, do you know the difference?

If you are stumped, below is a video from the educational Youtube channel CGP Grey that explains the differences. The channel also has a video explaining the European Union, or at least its definition in 2013. The video is posted below as well. Hopefully, once the negotiations between the UK and EU are figured out, there will be another video to explain how it all works.

Celebrating June 19

This past weekend held a lot of celebrations. Hope you had a Happy Father’s Day and a Happy Juneteenth! On June 19, 1865 news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas, and former slaves celebrated their freedom.

Here are three things fathers and children can do together this week in honor of June 19:

  • Make tea cakes, a dessert tied to Juneteenth celebrations. Take a look at the NPR article on the history of tea cakes, as well as a link to a recipe.
  • Read the lyrics to “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” which is commonly thought of as the Black American National Anthem. Find the tune and learn to sing the song.
  • Talk together about what freedom means to each of you, and what it meant to the people of Texas in 1865.

Celebrating Life

Fishing

“Yet, judge me not for the deeds that I have done, but for the life that I’ve lived. Son, people think one hundred years is a long time. Most folks just don’t understand. My life hasn’t been so long at all; seems short to me. It’s all gone by so fast. Life is so good and it gets better every day.”

These are the words of George Dawson, who died in July 2001 at the age of 103. The grandson of a slave, Mr. Dawson never had a chance to go to school. When he was eleven he began to work to help support his family. Then, when he was 98, a man from the Dallas Adult Basic Education class knocked on Mr. Dawson’s door to tell him about reading classes for adults. What was Mr. Dawson’s response to that invitation to learn to read at age 98? “I’ve been alone for ten years. I’m tired of fishing. It’s time to learn to read.”

The Educational Opportunity Center is here to invite you to keep on learning! We have classes for youths and adults in math, English, computer basics, and English-as-a-Second language. We can assess your career interests. We can help you fill out college admissions forms, file your FAFSA, and search for scholarships.

Remember George Dawson–it’s never too late to learn! Stop by the EOC today to learn something new.

To find out more about George Dawson, read Life Is So Good, the book he wrote with Richard Glaubman.