UPdate: huge shout-out to the Seahawks Richard Sherman who made a surprise visit to Rainier Beach High School yesterday.
It's already started but the (NFFTY) Film Festival for Talented Youth is a good bet for this weekend.
Nicholas Kristof of the NY Times tries to talk about ed reform, with the premise that K-12 ed reform is over and now it's about birth to five. (Geez, do these people just all get the same memo/tweet/fax in the morning?) Of course, the early years are important but that's not really the point.
His real premise (as I see it) is buried in one of his three reasons why everyone should move on:
Education inequity is America’s original sin.
No, it's not. America's original sin is a two-fold one. It is the double whammy of slavery (and its generational legacy) and the treatment of the original peoples of this land. That, Mr. Kristof, is our "original sin." As well, it is not education inequity that is really the problem - it's income inequality. My belief is that you will not solve one without the other and that is the likely reason that you only see pockets of change rather a mass moving of the needle.
From Madison Middle School yesterday:
At approximately 10:20am a female scholar was followed from the Metro bus stop at McDonalds and California west on Stevens by a man who approached her from behind and grabbed her. He was described as an African man in his early 20’s or 30’s, thin build, with short curly hair. Our scholar turned and yelled at him, and he ran back toward PCC on California. She proceeded to school and immediately reported the incident to school staff. Madison administration notified the family and the Seattle Police Department, who are actively investigating.
According to the Governor's office, there will be a Special Session of the Legislature, starting next Wednesday, April 29th (although budget writers will be working on Monday). I'm with reader Eric B. They work by day, get locked up in jail by night and it would get done in 5 days.
What's on your mind?