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.