|April 1, 2011 -- The Theatre of the Absurd|
I'm in Washington, D.C. for my third Spring Meeting of the National Writing Project. However on March 2, NWP joined the ever-growing list of educational programs cut from the federal budget. NWP is the only professional development program for teachers of writing on a national scale. It has been a 30-year investment by the federal government. There are over 200 sites across the country. There are a million reasons why this program works, but we are not in the world of reason any longer.
We also spoke with three thoughtful and interested young people who are legislative aides. I think of them, too, as I offer this challenge.
Study the photograph of these Kindergarten-Grade 1 students. Consider that in twenty years, the boy in red is your tax accountant. How well-educated would you like him to be?
The little girl in pink wants to be your heart surgeon. The girl on her knees will teach your first grandchild to read and love books. Maybe one of them will be your hospice worker or an automobile mechanic in the age of solar-electric-robot-driven cars.
This is not a frivolous exercise. These kids are the future -- your future and my future. I want them to be well-educated, compassionate, creative, and smart. I'm willing to pay so these children have a quality, public education.