I was so happy to be back at Bell Elementary yesterday, teaching again for a morning a week. Even happier to see an original Nancy Drew mystery on one of the girl’s desks. I started reading that series when I was 8 or 9 years old, and LOVED every one of them. :)
When children skip even a single nap, “We get less positivity, more negativity and decreased cognitive engagement.” NYT 9/13/11 —> So looking forward to my CA trip with Elijah; NOT looking forward to the nap disruptions.
The thought that 1 in 6 in America live in poverty makes me crazy. Listening to NPR last night, I heard this photographer, Steve Liss, say “anecdotes beat facts every time” when asked why photos brought this issue home more concretely than all the data that’s out there. I have to agree, and love that quote.
“This, after all, is a president who has ended the war in Iraq, killed Osama bin Laden, passed universal health insurance, rescued Detroit, stabilized an economy in free-fall, dispatched Qaddafi, deftly presided over a democratic transformation in the Middle East, and guided the political system toward a far more honest assessment of our fiscal crisis. He has quite a story to tell. He just needs the audacity to tell it.”
Please, Mr. President. Please. Get it together. Speak it.