In my GD class today on AoF 4, I asked if the name John Wentworth meant anything to anyone. A couple of people mentioned the Wentworth letter. I then talked about the letter, some of the other numbered lists of beliefs from the time, and the canonization of the AoF as part of the PoGP. By the time I got to that point, there were three comments from three different guys:
1. Wentworth served as mayor of Chicago–twice.
2. There is a street on the south side of Chicago named Wentworth after him.
3. The Chicago Democrat was published from X to Y (I had mentioned that I didn’t recall its years of publication). Also, Wentworth later changed his party affiliation and became a Republican.
It was great. People were so engaged that they were whipping out their pads and in real time finding enrichment details to add to the lesson, stuff I didn’t even know. It gave me a small glimpse of what GD could be if we challenged our classes more and actually encouraged this kind of real time exploration.