Update: I witnessed about 200 Roosevelt students marching and chanting over the Ferguson decision as they made their way back to campus around noon today. They got corralled in the cafeteria where staff was trying to get them to go back to class. Rowdy but peaceful.
I heard from the West Seattle Blog that West Seattle High students as well as Garfield student also marched today.
end of update
Richard Lodish collects public education memorabilia. It's a fascinating story from Education Week:
His resume tracks his path from young teacher in inner-city Cleveland, to doctoral student at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, to associate headmaster and principal at the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in Washington. Brief stops were made along the way as a charter school founder in Oakland, Calif., an education advisor to local, state, national, and foreign government agencies, as well as published author in so many periodicals and books that he has lost count.
Over the past 40 years, Lodish has amassed a collection of school artifacts and memorabilia that date from the 18th to early-20th centuries, and now jam his home in the Washington suburbs. With pieces acquired from flea markets, live and virtual auctions, private sales, and through word-of-mouth, the collection is so historically significant and complete that curators from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History now make twice-weekly visits to his home to catalogue and transport items for display in several of the museum’s divisions.
Did I mention I went to the City's community meeting about their preschool program on Saturday about "family engagement?" (There was another one in the afternoon about dual language programs.) There will be others next week so let me give you some feedback.
Upside: nice people to greet you and free food.
Downside: incredibly long (and seriously ridiculous) introductions. The City is paying(!) someone to do this elaborate game of dividing the room into people who tweet, text, read magazines and use voice mail. Then, in your group, you decide what your "message" is about yourself and THEN you go around the entire room and every single person introduces thenselves and gives their blurb.
That's 35 minutes of my life I'll never get back (and this in a less-than-2+ hour meeting). It was sort of a rah-rah session, "we all love preschool." What was telling is one of women from the group of immigrant women there (with an interpreter) said that not everyone uses Twitter or texting. No kidding.
I stayed for one presentation which truly seemed for caregivers/teachers and not parents. I found it all confusing.
So, if you do go to one of these, I'd come late.
What's on your mind?