Monthly Archives: May 2018

Education Reform For Montbello

The Democrats ran a very good “get out the vote effort”. The Democrats are on a completely different level with their GOTV success. In all heavily Democratic precincts, people were handing out flyers just outside the polling place. People were literally in the streets flagging down cars getting people to vote. This is only what we witnessed. Odds are that they had plenty of people knocking on doors on election day driving people to the polls. The coordinated GOTV effort in the 43rd resulted in turnout increasing over 15%! That was what made the margin of victory so great.

If the guardians don’t care, who will? Who will the children look to for answers? They can’t ask young people that are older than they are, because they have gone down the same worthless path.

Third, dramatic education reform is a winning issue that will move more minorities into the Republican column. It is the Democrats and misguided Republicans that keep Illinois children in failing schools by not supporting a school choice programs and more rapid charterization of education infrastructure.

One survey asked kids where they like to spend their free time, and got this response: “I like it indoors best, that’s where the electricity is.” He was honest, and hardly alone. Author Richard Louv calls this, “Nature Deficit Disorder,” in a book called Last Child In the Woods. Of course there is actually no such disease, and certainly no pill for it as well. There are, however, consequences related to this “disease.” Childhood obesity is up, science scores are down.

And a big congrats to my friends at Hoosier Access and Capitol & Washington. They, along with Indiana Barrister, made the washington Post’s list of best state political blogs in the country. Indiana Barrister also made the list back in 2009.

Naturally, I do things like recycle, buy less, and take public transit. Living in downtown DC is a great way to go green. Limited square footage keeps any desire to buy “stuff” in check, and living a block from the Metro is a dream.

If you are like most progressive Americans, the answer is no. Maybe you’ve sent in five bucks here or there, or shared a clever Facebook post with all two thousand of your friends who have also not done a thing. The truth is, you haven’t done anything to try to move the Democratic party back to its more liberal roots. You haven’t even brought out your fiddle while your country burned. Until you have acted, I submit that you do not have the right to complain that the Democratic Party does not represent your values. If you haven’t given them a reason to listen to you, this mess is your fault.

The Education Of Sonya Sotomayor

Today, students are bused out of their neighborhoods for various reasons. Their is no sense of community and there is no sense of ownership. Back in the day the neighborhood looked out for everyone and especially the children. If a neighbor saw a neighbor’s child acting inappropriately, they would notify their parents.

In an interview you did for Robin Shreeves, I read that you started The Grass Stain Guru because you are so passionate about the issues of unstructured play, connecting people with nature, and education reform. How does your blog address these issues?

My students grow up in the same town I did, but in very different worlds. Many have never been to the KU Natural History Museum, and some don’t even know it exists. I know their parents love them and want what’s best for them. But it’s hard to take your kids to a museum if you have to work two or three jobs just to feed them.

The Democrats ran a very good “get out the vote effort”. The Democrats are on a completely different level with their GOTV success. In all heavily Democratic precincts, people were handing out flyers just outside the polling place. People were literally in the streets flagging down cars getting people to vote. This is only what we witnessed. Odds are that they had plenty of people knocking on doors on election day driving people to the polls. The coordinated GOTV effort in the 43rd resulted in turnout increasing over 15%! That was what made the margin of victory so great.

If you want your child to grow strong and proud, help them learn the right way to get there. Take the time, and it will be a long time coming. Make the effort. Start now. It could be the best thing you ever did for you and your loved ones.

And, when you want to evaluate Widefield District 3 High school – go look. See how much time kids are engaged doing something they have a genuine interest in doing. Don’t be satisfied with a chemistry lab and a student who is following some recipe in a book in order to answer a question about whether a concoction turns yellow or blue. Look for groups of students building bridges over arroyos to see which bridge works and can bear the most weight (they will be learning trigonometry). Look for students starting and running a business (learning various human interactions, math and organization) to raise money for a Spring field trip to Rome (where yet more new experiences will create interests and more opportunity to learn).

Conversely, schools serving impoverished communities are largely populated by students who lack health care, suffer poor nutrition, and who live in constant worry about where their next meal will come from, or if they will still have a home to eat it in. Enrichment of any kind is virtually nonexistent.