The Education Of Sonya Sotomayor

Barren of cognitive stimulation and encouragement, these environments create a tragic cycle of intellectual stagnation. I’ve met countless students who by age 15 had never seen a live earthworm. Some reach my class believing dinosaurs are fictional characters along with Godzilla or Superman. Others have heard neither Bach nor Black Sabbath.

To save the souls of our schools, administrators must truly “minister” or in other words, assist all in the building. As instructional leaders of our schools, they cannot function in isolation nor allow teachers to do so as well. When a principal cares about the success of teachers and students, his/her presence does not evoke fear.

Shouldn’t it be us the parents, guardians, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, or anyone who cares, to step up to the plate? We can not blame our teachers as a whole for the problems in the school system. Many of our children are out of control. They have no displine or perhaps no love from the ones they need it most.

You are a good example. You drove to work a few days ago. Did you learn anything? Probably not. You did not try to accomplish anything novel. And, nothing novel happened. But, an unexpected highway closure either leads you to turn around and go home or (more likely) do something new. Then, small or large, something will be learned. Maybe you will learn those functions on your GPS that you never needed before. Or, maybe you will ask a very good looking business man for directions and find that all nice looking business men are not necessarily nice. New experiences are very good at emerging a new want. Wants lead to trying. And, trying leads to learning.

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?

Hard research confirms that reading to children may break this cycle and improve their chances of success in life. Reach Out and Read is a national school readiness organization that helps spread this crucial message. The program provides every child 6 months through 5 years old with a new, developmentally-appropriate children’s book to take home and enjoy. Our doctors and nurses speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud to their young children every day.

So, this means a 4% increase in pay for the employees who have sacrificed so much in the you don’t work you don’t get paid philosophy while keeping kids out of the classroom. All the while this was sold by Dancer and Prancer as good solid coal, in order to pass a tax increase. What? How confusing? Indeed, done intentionally. These recommendations were prepared by the end of September, before voters even had a chance to say yes or no.

Jeanne Allen Stepping Down From The Center For Education Reform

Researchers are studying the issue. It’s clearly a national, even global trend. Studies show that kids who spend time outdoors are more psychologically healthy, mentally alert, and physically fit. A few studies have documented a rise in test scores after students spent time doing research outdoors in environmental topics. Others have shown that kids who are indoors more tend to be overweight more often (big surprise!), and have a higher incidence of psychological problems.

Is the government the Mom and dad now? I don’t think so! Get off your behinds a make the changes that need to be made. You will probably make more progress, in the long run, than the goverment. Their sometimes slow at getting things done.

The uncomfortable truth is that progressives in america cannot afford not to be activists. We no longer have the option of hoping that someone else will step to the plate. They won’t. It is up to us. If we lose this country to the right Wing Fascists, it won’t be because there are more of them than us. It will be because they are more active, more dedicated, and more financially supportive of their party than we are of ours. They have been the squeaky wheel for thirty years, and in that time, we have somehow failed to recognize the basic fact of politics: The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

I wrote about the education of Barak Obama, then a candidate. Let’s now look into Sonya Sotomayor’s education. Like Obama, she does not have a privileged background. Born and raised in the Bronx by immigrant parents, her father dies when she was 9. She goes to Blessed Sacrament School in Soundview, and then to parochial Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx. Just like Obama, Sotomayor is not a product of public school system.

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.

For me, being greener starts with getting outside and actually enjoying this beautiful planet of ours. I worry that in today’s society, people are so focused on saving the planet that they forget to appreciate its beauty and teach children to know the Earth before we ask them to save it.

Back in the day, even teachers children attended the same schools. Teachers were icons in the community. We saw them at the grocery stores and downtown. We need to focus more on community as we move to education reform.

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.

President Barack Obama Encourages School Children

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.

Earl: As a Mom who works non-traditional hours, how do you find time to read with your daughter? What kinds of reading rituals have you established in your family?

It may not solve your financial situation immediately, but it will help you network with other parents, with teachers, and with administrators. You will find friends and perhaps contacts that will be useful. As a bonus, you will find a sense of accomplishment for having helped children and for doing your part in education reform. If you have your own children in school, it will help boost their confidence knowing the importance you place on education. And, for you? You will stop thinking about your own situation, at least for the duration of the school day, and knowing you have accomplished something – an antidote to feeling useless.

Another way to appreciate teachers is by staying involved through the last weeks of the legislative session.Be aware of what is going on and speak out to shape public policy. So what are legislators up to this week? Let’s take a look.

I wrote about the education of Barak Obama, then a candidate. Let’s now look into Sonya Sotomayor’s education. Like Obama, she does not have a privileged background. Born and raised in the Bronx by immigrant parents, her father dies when she was 9. She goes to Blessed Sacrament School in Soundview, and then to parochial Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx. Just like Obama, Sotomayor is not a product of public school system.

First of all, the legislature is still well short of the goal of restoring funding for public education that was cut by .4 billion in 2011. If the cuts are not fully reversed, then for 2014-2015 some portion of those cuts will continue. Yet the Texas House nonetheless today gave preliminary approval to HB 500 by Rep. Harvey Hilderbran (R-Kerrville), a bill that would take 7 million out of the state treasury for tax giveaways to businesses. In fact, nearly all of the money would come directly out of a specific fund in which business franchise taxes are deposited to pay for public schools.

To be fair, at least four of Supreme court judges graduated from public schools. Public schooling works for middle and upper class children (although keep in mind, most of the Court judges graduated from high school a while ago). However, for a person from a poor or minority background, to rise to the top seems to require some private schooling.