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author: Suzanne Collins

hunger games

catching fire


the hp alliance, fan\dom, et al

a quiet revolution


dec 2014

Is Ferguson like Mockingjay?

protest ness


resonating parts:

and now.. mockingjay
p. 5 – some walks you have to take alone
p. 23 – re: in the arena. caesar – it costs your life. peeta – oh, no. it costs a lot more than your life. to murder innocent people. it costs everything you are.
p. 28 – i’ve got someone to tell my secrets to again.
p. 36 – in many ways, district 13 is even more controlling than the capital [is this not what’s happening in ed..? ie: waiver of nclb has more rules perhaps, and worse.. we’re believing it’s a setting free]
p. 90 – [this was probably one of the hardest pages for me to read in all 3 books. the most real. these hospice type goings on. all of us – talking to teachers and kids that feel like there is no way out, they have no choice – ] – the damage, the fatigue, the imperfections, that’s how they recognize me, why i belong to them. i begin to fully understand the lengths to which people have gone to protect me. what i mean to the rebels. my ongoing struggle against the capitol, which has so often felt like a solitary journey, has not been undertaken alone. i have had thousands upon thousands of people from the districts at my side.
p. 110 – therefore, his worth is not defined by a single element…. [so he focuses less on the single victories or failures]
p. 126 – i decide not to judge him without knowing more details  [chimamanda – the danger of just one story]
p. 241- all around the dining hall, you can feel the rejuvenating effect that a good meal can bring on. the way it can make people kinder, funnier, more optimistic, and remind them…. it’s not a mistake to go on living. it’s better than any medicine.
– mockin g  j   a    y


trailer for movie – nov 2014 – part 1:


nov 20, movie comes out nov 21 2014:



The #MyHungerGames hashtag is inspired in part by Donald Sutherland, the actor who plays President Snow in the Hunger Games series. Sutherland, who is 79, toldGood Morning America that he chose to be a part of the series because he wanted to end his life being “part of something that I thought would maybe catalyze and revolutionize young people.”

Sutherland said he hopes that young people will answer the call like the character Katniss Everdeen does in the films. “We’ve wrecked this world and, if you’re gonna fix it, you’ve got to do it now,” he said.




added jan 2015:

while reading just mercy by Bryan Stevenson.. (title of ch 1: mockingbird players).. looked up what to kill a mockingbird means.. – top of list of results from here:
  1. Thus, to kill a mockingbird is to destroy innocence. Throughout the book, a number of characters (Jem, Tom Robinson, Dill, Boo Radley, Mr. Raymond) can be identified as mockingbirds—innocents who have been injured or destroyed through contact with evil.

The Story of the Mockingjay

In Suzanne Collins’ book, The Hunger Games, the mockingjay bird is the evolutionary result of a failed government breeding experiment. The evil government of Panem first created the jabberjay to spy on enemies and rebels of the Capitol, as they could memorize and repeat entire human conversations. However, once the rebels realized their conversations were being transmitted, they used the jabberjays against the Capitol, sending back false information. The government then abandoned the birds to die off in the wild.

But, in an example of extraordinary wildlife almost never doing what we expect, male jabberjays bred with female mockingbirds, giving birth to the mockingjay, which could repeat both human melodies and birdsong and were thus better able to protect themselves (and the rebels of Panem) in the wild. The inability of the government to control these animals made them an inspiration and a symbol for the rebel cause.

Though the mockingjay is not a real species, the fascinating trait of mimicry is very real in the wild, as seen in the mockingbird and other animals.

The Breakdown: Mockingbird vs. Mockingjay

  • Mockingjay – Fictional – It can repeat both human melodies and birdsong and plays a symbolic and thematic role in The Hunger Games.
  • Mockingbird – Real – It can mimic a variety of noises such as car alarms, cats, crickets, etc.


hunger games

A hybrid of mockingbirds and jabberjays, the birds were created by mistake. The jabberjays – all male – were initially created to eavesdrop on the rebels in the Dark Days, memorizing entire conversations and repeating them back at the Capitol. Once they were discovered, the rebels fed endless lies to the birds, and sent them back loaded with false information. After the lies were discovered, the Capitol closed the laboratories and the jabberjays were released into the wild, in the hope that they would die off. They did, eventually, but not before they passed on their genetic code to female mockingbirds. This was unforeseen, because no one expected them to have the brains to reproduce. The offspring were called mockingjays, and, while they had lost the ability to memorize words, they could mimic any sounds from a child’s high-pitched warble to a man’s deep tones, and even songs with multiple verses, if you had the patience to sing to them. Katniss’ father was one of those people, and Peeta claims that when he first heard Katniss sing, all of the birds, including mockingjays, fell silent, the sign that they liked the song or notes that were sung. The mockingjay is so important to Katniss because her father had a special bond with them, and so did Rue.

Like their jabberjay fathers, mockingjays are excellent mimics, and have the ability to memorize and repeat both bird and human songs. They can perfectly copy down to the last note, any human tune. They pick up tunes quickly, and often spread them to other mockingjays. However, they only sing the songs of those whose voices they enjoy. Katniss, her father, and Rue are singers that have caused the mockingjays to sing. Katniss also notes that they can sing both high and very low pitches.

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sept 2014:

Even if it were true that these films were meant to vaccinate kids against the left, there’s no socialist state—or even highly programmatic, institutionalized left—for these young alleged individualists to react against: In the 21st century, it has yet to be built. Is it possible that a 13-year-old will read Divergent and develop a critique of the social safety net? Perhaps, but what’s more likely is that the same teen will gain a lens through which to understand the vast inequality around them. They might even get an idea that they could do something about it.



saturday, april 21, 2012


our song..our connected song of hope..
from the place between the silos…people are good.
their essence is connection.
[let’s make connections equitable]
all we need to do is set people free. in spaces of permission where they don’t have to prove anything. – dave cormier
public ed is a great place to start. as we do that.. we overcome the forces that are keeping us from being ourselves – orland bishop
we will figure out how to be so that others can also be free we will breathe the fire from within us.. daily – adam braun

we can. we are. let’s be ridiculous about being alive. no?


thursday, april 5, 2012

kony 2012

part 2esp love starting at 15:31 mockingjays.. no?

friday, april 6, 2012

project glasses

interesting… so is reality getting blurred? or could they allow reality to happen?..
they’ll ( the glasses) keep kids from focusing in math class? really? have we sat through the day of a kid in school lately..?
we get to choose what’s good or bad.. but the conversation needs to start in our own heads.. no?
your head, if left alone.. in a space of permission (where you don’t feel you need to prove anything) will choose good.. no?
and will choose others.. and will fall in love with mathematical thinking..
perhaps.. compulsion is something we could be spending our time questioning.. in our own heads…?
have you ever wondered about our ability (or perhaps our passivity, .. our blurriness), to notice or allow or take kids on some great venture..
ie: maybe we do pbl, maybe they find a cure, compose an opera, write a novel, lead a cause, …. et al, and still….. end all of our sentences with… and they still did well on the tests… are these glasses a marketing scheme we have no control over?
have we not taken a close look at the repulsive amounts of money’s spent on compulsion and this obsession with testing…proving.. distrust..?
it’s very simple really. let’s start using our heads. let’s start taking the time to talk to ourselves.
we’re smarter than this. we know too much not do good.. seek good.. no?
i decide not to judge… without knowing more details. -mockingjay

thursday, april 12, 2012


This makes me think that there will soon be a war on #Creativity in the same way there is a War on poverty:
i’m thinking we need no wars.. i’m thinking the mockingjay will take care of both/all..

tuesday, april 17, 2012

will richardson

love this Will… you are the mockingjay.. opting outnow people have a template.. now people can be bold in their options.. no?

friday, april 20, 2012

Seth’s Blog: Selling to people who haven’t bought yet


tuesday, april 24, 2012

scott cowen

president of tulane uni

reading about him and tulane in wagner’s creating innovators.. talking about changing the mission of the uni – after the hurricane – to include more community engagement… how people were like – what is the uni united way now. applications have more than doubled in the last four years and in entrance essays kids write how they chose tulane because of the community engagement (kids are not insubordinate or lazy.. they crave hard word.. but hard work that matters.. not the tedium of how we do school today) tony asks scott

what about studetn admissions criteria. i know that the ranking of a uni is highly dependent on the average sat or act scores of the students who enroll, but in my experience, these score tell us nothing abou tstudents’ abilitites to contribute meaningfully to social innovation and community service. how are you dealing with this?

scott responds:

it bothers me every single day, i know that these test scores do not have great meaning, but that’s one of the metric that us ews and world reports uses and so we can’t ignore it. i have this constant dilemma about the testing and how we use it here, and i haven’t found a solution yet.

[we know exactly what to do and it would work.. holt]

what are we doing. what am i doing.we know too much. people are dying.. their creative, brilliant souls are dying… as we’re continuing on.. under the guise of .. in time, and … that’s the way it is. mockingjay.

saturday, april 28, 2012

student voice

DML Central (@dmlcentral) 4/28/12 9:07 AM The Biggest Student Uprising You’ve Never Heard Of mockingjay.. disrupt ourselves.. or be disrupted.. no?

tuesday, may 22, 2012

pa’s mockingjay

Helen Gym (@ParentsUnitedPA) 5/22/12 5:45 AM Universal Chrtr vs. Creighton Elem: As predatory, aggressive as any for-profit hostile… @DianeRavitchHelen Gym (@ParentsUnitedPA) 5/22/12 5:42 AM What Corbett wrought: 1/2 of PA districts in distress within 3 years, 8000+ jobs lost.…#phillyeducation @DianeRavitch

friday, june 22, 2012


when-students-awaken/when you th [you to whatever degree you decide] awaken..

thursday, august 16, 2012


Clay Shirky (@cshirky) 8/16/12 9:00 AM Progressive Insurance claims they didn’t defend Kaitlynn Fisher’s killer. Forgets to turn off comments. Hilarity ensues love.. You have upset the internet. Be warned. and of special note to ed.. it’s happening to you (us) Clay Shirky (@cshirky) 8/16/12 9:00 AM .@jon_moore on Progressive “When the Internet starts posting links to official court documents in comments on your blog, you’re in trouble.” we can decide to be disrupted (and often disgraced/displaced/et al) or to disrupt ourselves.. a kinder/gentler quiet revolution
march 2018 – via Sarah:
Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) tweeted at 6:45 AM – 31 Mar 2018 :
Rereading “Mockingjay”; this passage stood out:
“In the quiet that follows, I try to imagine not being able to tell illusion from reality…” (