AMAZING day for a walk/read outside.
A little “Goodbye, Midterm! Hello, Spring Break!” treat, with Matthew.
Good day to celebrate Monuts’ 1st Birthday!
- "The Freshmen," Jay Brannan
- "Jezebel," Iron and Wine
- "Each Coming Night," Iron and Wine
- "Blood," The Middle East
- "We Don’t Eat," James Vincent McMorrow
- "Song for Bob," Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
- "Lost In My Mind," The Head And The Heart
- "Sway" (1996 Digital Remaster), Julie London
- "Hometown Glory," Adele
- "Wake Up," Arcade Fire
Matthew, on the Eno.
One of the girls suddenly flung an arm over her sister’s shoulder. The move was loving, casual, and completely carefree.
—MaryAnn McKibben Dana, Sabbath in the Suburbs (2012: pages 21-22)
People - not rocks and rivers and imaginary boundary lines - make a state: and the state is great just in proportion as its people are educated.
—Charles Duncan McIvre
We had such a great evening last week. Dr. Jean Rattigan-Rohr spoke on Education for the Poor and Marginalized and hit on some big points highlighting the COMPLEXITY of poverty:
- Nationally, 80% of low income 4th grades do not read at their grade level
- In NC, 26% of children live in poverty
- When children come to school, they’re not ready (unable to access early childhood education, which is SUPER important) - but it’s not because parents don’t want to help their children
- Other countries with similar amounts of poverty don’t experience the same educational disparities » In the US, the issue is amplified by residential segregation based on social class, race, and ethnicity » It’s the CONCENTRATION of poverty that makes it such a big problem »> Teachers are expected to perform miracles to help large numbers of students catch up
- We HAVE to deal with the issue of poverty
- Of those born poor in the US, there is a 50% chance they will remain poor as adults » While those born wealthy tend to stay wealthy
- It comes down to opportunity
Disparate access initiatives at Elon University, through Dr. Rattigan-Rohr’s leadership (and the interest of the community), has led to the Village Project. Each tutor (mostly education students at Elon) works with a struggling reader and both their parents to help them catch up to their current grade reading level, and it has been a huge success. They have served over 500 families and the children and families have flourished. They have even expanded the program to include science and music (singing, piano, guitar, drums) and to incorporate enrichment and further development towards college for those students who want to stay with the program after catching up with their grade level.
It goes to show again, as Dr. Rattigan-Rohr pointed out, that all children need is opportunity.
What an inspiring woman and project. Definitely a challenge for us all to do what we can where we are to respond, and not just talk about, the needs of those around us.
*Photo from the Elon website.