I woke up this morning and knew that there was no way that I was going to get back to sleep. Angry that big companies get federal dollars for education (click here to check it out) that could go to fund teachers, technology, and transportation, after-school clubs for kids! I don’t understand why big for-profit companies get the federal dollars? I wonder how they can turn around and make a profit by selling us and our states "standardized tests", books and services they develop using these federal dollars AND make a profit? And I wonder – is this why we are all so tired?
Traveling to lots of schools over the past few months and talking with teachers and administrators I realize that there are struggles everywhere! Lots of great educators, who care a lot, are tired! Working with less of everything as PA struggles to fund schools; less books, teachers, technology and clubs. Still, people show up every day and do amazing things, despite the struggles. And I am grateful to push the edges with the courageous people who show up every day, with heart and passion for giving kids a chance.
As the sun comes up over the horizon hope replaces the anger that welled up this morning, way before the sun came up.Grateful for all the folks who are working in schools this morning everywhere, showing up with the hope of helping every child reach there full potential.