Attended the candidate forum at the 46th Dems last night and I'll write that up today. Good news - there are some fine school board candidates running. As well, people who have attended city council forums report that those candidates are getting the memo on the mayor appointing part of the board - the answer is no. The more candidates that understand that this is not a winning policy point, the less chance it can get traction.
In horrific news, at a charter middle school in Oklahoma, kids in a science class made a music video...using dead cats as props. It was a grotesque version of a cat food commercial. (It's unclear if a teacher was present or allowed this. I find it hard to believe that many kids could be in a classroom by themselves making a video at the middle school level.)
Rather cool website - Atlas Obscura. Share this one with the kids.
The Seattle International Film Festival has started. Here's a link to the Films4Families. Consider taking your child to a foreign film that they may not ever have a chance to see otherwise. There's even a new film from the makers of Wallace and Gromit. Another fun one comes from Germany, called Fiddlesticks:
A gang of rambunctious young children happen upon a book of world
records and decide to cure their town of its 100% averageness once and
for all. All Ages
Guess who remembered his teacher? Prince Harry. Visiting New Zealand he spotted a teacher in the crowd that he had around the time of his mother's death. She had been a support and comfort to him during a difficult time.
The ed feds have a department - Office of Educational Technology - and they are doing an Ed Tech Developer's tour this summer. They are coming to Seattle on August 21st.
In a lovely prom story, a high school quarterback in Pennsylvania, fulfilled a childhood promise to his good friend in elementary school,who has Down's Syndrome, to take her to the prom.
What's on your mind?