What did you learn today?

We were curious what students around town were absorbing. So we asked.

By Irene Muniz
May 2, 2010

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“We did a water experiment where we dropped water on different materials and saw what happened. We put different things in a tube, we dropped something, and the other person had to drop another thing and guess what the thing that we dropped in was.”

Jean Azar-Tanguay, 9, third-grader, Joseph J. Hurley School, Boston

“I just got out of a lecture about the history of cool and African culture. How the idea of cool developed and how that led to different sorts of music that developed in black culture and then eventually became part of the mainstream American culture.”

Kody Bosch, 24 junior, sculpture major, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

“The social studies subject is racism in America, but we have gone to racism in South Africa, and it’s just amazing how they’ve treated so many people terribly and how much they’ve gone through, like they used to lynch people. It’s really sad.”

Haben Girmay, 12, sixth-grader, The Advent School, Boston

“About the urban sprawl in our country and about the rural fringe; how the human popularity [sic] started growing on the cities and headed along the suburbs, and how the city became more for the poor people, and the rich people scattered around the suburbs.”

Enrique Pepen, 13, seventh-grader, Joseph J. Hurley School, Boston

“Private law. I don’t think it’s a concept that many people know about, but there are actual statutes which are public laws on the book that refer maybe to only a specific person or a specific town.”

Stesha Emmanuel, 24, second-year law student, Northeastern University

“How to play dominoes, and about simple machines like a wheel and a spoon.”

Joshua Kerimo, 5 preschooler, Russell J. Call Children’s Center, Boston

“I take Chinese. I learned about different vocabulary for airports and how to get directions. In math, I learned about the equilibrium of different gases and different laws that apply for that.”

Brendan Walsh, 16, sophomore, Boston College High School, Boston

“Everyone has to go deep into oneself to really talk about things that happen to you in life. We have free writing. [The teacher] will ask us to draw lines on the whole page and then we have to write what we see in those lines, and what we see we write it between the drawings.”

Ninette Riesman, 75, writing student, Cambridge Center for Adult Education

“How to make a bank shot in pool.”

Stephanie Prashad, 19 freshman, political science major, Northeastern University

“How to clean up my Bostonian accent. A diction coach came in, and she was saying how I need to pronounce my ‘ings.’ That’s all I’ve been doing all day, trying to pronounce my words like ‘charging’ and ‘saying.’ ”

Emmanuel Marsh, 23, senior, broadcast journalism major, Suffolk University

Irene Muniz is an intern at the Globe and a junior at Northeastern University. Send comments to

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