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The Living Yearbook of East Brunswick High School

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The Living Yearbook of East Brunswick High School

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Do you think homeroom is making an impact on school spirit?

  • I don't know about school spirit, but I know I want COOKIES (21%, 7 Votes)
  • I have infiltrated an alternate homeroom where I indeed am quite spirited. (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Yes, I love seeing my homeroom and planning spirit stuff together. (24%, 8 Votes)
  • I was asleep in homeroom so I don't know.... (47%, 16 Votes)
  • Yes, because I feel pressured to participate to not let my homeroom down. (6%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 30

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Finding a Voice in French; Speaking up from 3,692 Miles Away

AP French students shift gears toward politically engaging lessons during their class by focusing on French protests and cultural reflections.
Engaged students Anurag Lohani (11), Kody Li (11), Tejus Kulkarni (11), and Gavin Mckell (11), freely communicate in French during class.

“I believe it’s really important to fight social inequality, and that starts with governments doing the right thing,” explains AP French student, Rithvik Juluru (11), “and there is no way of getting the government to do the right thing if the people do not protest.”

AP French teacher, Mr. Mondesir, values teaching his AP students about political issues that give insight on French culture.

Mr. Mondesir’s Period 6 AP French Language and Culture class has recently tackled workers’ rights protests in France and prompted heavily opinionated voices. With these lessons, he sought to give his students perspective by focusing on overarching current events outside their classroom. “A cultural difference that I see here is that when Americans are unhappy, a lot of them do not really do anything about it, where French people will react,” he says. These protests are primary examples of Mondesir’s theory on cultural differences.

Gilet Jaunes is one of these protests in which this idea is proven real, and one that student Anne-Gabriella Reyes (11) has passionately advocated for. She explains that government workers– or yellow jackets– in France have been fighting unequal wages and for decent worker rights.

“It is a very good cause for protesting because everybody deserves fair wages and fair working rights,” Reyes said, “and I think their ability to protest that was really cool.” For her, it came down to the facts: the protesters were only working towards “being seen as their own person, and not just a collection of mindless slaves for the government.” When asked if there was anything she disagreed with regarding Gilet Jaunes, Reyes said she was completely on board with their motive!

Some students only sided with the protests to a certain extent, taking a more cautious approach. For example, Rithvik Juluru felt the protests were reasonable but drew the line at, “the measure of violence that they use” seeing it as “a bit too extreme.”

Mondesir ends the period with a lesson on French grammar for his class.

Nonetheless, both students have agreed that the protests were held so that the French government understands that there is a large social inequality that needs to be addressed. They heavily criticized the government’s ignorance of the less fortunate when it is their job to bring them up. This is the very issue these protests are founded on, and what has appealed to Mr. Mondesir’s students most.

Mr. Mondesir challenges his students think outside of their lives in East Brunswick, New Jersey, and even North America overall, by incorporating more than just grammar, punctuation, and sentence structures in his language course. With this, his Period 6 AP students come out of his classroom with a more global, worldly perspective on current events relating to French culture.

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Teesha Patel, Bear Hub Staff
Teesha Patel is a Junior at East Brunswick High School. She enjoys reading novels and watching movies, both of which are usually romance and comedies. Oftentimes you can find her practicing henna designs on herself and she hopes to one day take up the practice professionally. When she finally gets out of the house, she enjoys spending with her friends and getting ice cream or watching movies, which is where she feels most herself.

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