Books are Enough

The Power of Free, Self-Selected Reading

I will use Bing Crosby- not Common Core

Books are Enough

While some teachers will force kids to read a speech over and over in some tantric “close reading” idea from David Coleman, when I discuss World War II we will listen to the December 21st, 1944 Kraft Music Hall episode. This show was a weekly “must listen” for millions of Americans. 

The 1944 Christmas episode took place as the Battle of the Bulge raged in the Ardennes Forest. Bing Crosby opens the show with his usual Adeste Fideles in Latin- followed by the English version. The radio audience in the studio and around the nation is asked to join in. A special request goes out for all of our men in uniform to join in as well. What a powerful moment to listen to almost 70 years later.

Bing salutes the over 100 WAVES in attendance with a special arrangement of “Jingle Bells.” There is also a performance of the…

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