This will be my first blog entry. Am not much of a writer and perhaps this will help me improve.
I grew up in this small town located in the salinas valley, Steinbeck country. I currently work for the Monterey County Library part-time. Hey at least am working, in this economy many are not. My life lately has been more concerned with a quest to serve Jesus Christ in whatever way he chooses. I tried being the one in control and learned it just doesn't work, we become conceited and money hungry. Temporal things that will not do us anything after this short life we are given, nor does it improve it for those remaining.
its all quiet at the moment. Am working on getting ready for my first confirmation class. I will be assisting the main instructor. Luckily this give me a good entry into teaching without having to handle everything myself. Class is next week and still no clue what to expect. I really got to get ahold of the main instructor and figure out sister rosangel's goals for the students. This is her first year as the director of religious education (DRE).
I worry about the kids here, most are alright but there are some that have fallen to the Gangs. This Town is divided into two warring parties the Nortenos and the surenos or as I like to call them the Dork-tenos and the sewer-nos. The cops have been cracking down on them lately, but as usual its just to get headlines in the local papers. Gangs are a fact of life here. The kids never listen, they have been brained washed by slightly older kids and the mass media that glamorizes the gangster life no matter how many dead bodies add up.
Over looking the confirmation textbook did not please me. It is nothing more than brief introduction to various catholic subjects. " Hell" is only a brief paragraph. I have to check if we have sufficient copies of a catholic bible at the school. I'll figure out how to mandate the use of them. The textbook is closer to being a week introduction to sociology from a catholic perspective. If I get my laptop early I'll add more videos into the mix. Vids are stimulating to learn from than books, not that they don't have their place. The thing is that the students will be coming to us from school where they have already been burdened with book learning. The class should have a level of entertainment for the kids as well fulfilling its main goal of educating, but what do I know am just a TA.