My husband just happens to be in a conference in South Africa. He said they had a moment of silence this morning for Nelson Mandela and their first speaker said this:
"He shamed us into putting aside our petty differences by shaking the hand of his tormentors when he was released from prison."
I wouldn't say I have tormentors but I would like, as an early New Year's resolution, to try to talk with those whose work/opinions are different from mine and see if we can find common ground (especially in trying to get the Legislature to fulfill McCleary). I have tried in the past to do this with some of the bigger names in ed reform in Washington but did not get any response or not a favorable one. But it matters to keep trying if only to follow Mandela's example.
For the kids:
- amazing shadow sculptures created by artist Tim Noble using trash (note: not for elementary students and sensitive teens)
- Da Vinci invented many things that he never actually made. One was the viola organista and here's what one sounds like (a cello played by a piano).
- my favorite - a giant ant colony excavated. Jaw-dropping.
No Director community meetings tomorrow as the Board has their retreat from 10:15 am to 5 pm at City University at 521 Wall Street in Pioneer Square. Open to the public but parking can be tough. UPDATE: Agenda. The agenda is vaguely straightforward. "welcome" "review of last year" "board members areas of interest" "code of conduct" (don't know if this is for the Board or who),
"overlap/extension of Policy 1620, 1620BP" (again what is this extension?).
What's on your mind?