Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Some Truths

Truth 1: I've realized since I got back into the blogging game that one factor that stopped me last year was my inability to read and comment on your blogs daily. I was harboring quite a bit of guilt about that. I didn't think about it; it's a thought that just surfaced recently. Once I thought about it, I realized that I was being silly. You all are some of the loveliest people on Earth; of course, you understand.

Truth 2: Summer ain't what it used to be for teachers. I spent hours this morning watching court hearings on You Tube and then emailing lawyers who are not doing a good job representing my former students (now in adult court😟).

In my district, special ed has to work 3.5 extra days in August. Plus, I am on three teams working for equity for our minority students. All worthwhile endeavors, but less summer for me.

Truth 3: Structural racism is real. Today I actually filed a formal complaint against one lawyer. I had begged him to subpoena me. That's the only way I can testify. He didn't, and he didn't present a good case, and now a young African-American youth may go to prison. My heart is breaking. He should never have been convicted -- and I am pretty sure he would not have been convicted if I could have testified about his disability. Also, the lawyer did not subpoena the one witness. The young man tried to talk for himself -- he is very intelligent and articulate -- and the judge just cut him off.

So, I guess you can tell where I stand on Black Lives Matter. There were some fabulous peaceful protests in Madison's downtown, followed by some pretty scary vandalism. Every window on State Street was boarded up. Most still are. But many have inspiring murals painted on them. I just had to document the pain and the hope.

I'm doing my best. One kid at a time.



13 comments:

  1. You will never know how many kids you have saved "behind the scenes". And, even if it IS only one, to that one it is the most important thing in the world.

    Don't stress about the blogging or the blog reading. This stuff should not be a stressor ... it should be where you go to alleviate all the stress of regular life.

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  2. Thank you for working so hard. I know how hard it is to fight for what's right, and I stand (digitally) beside you.

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  3. I, too, say thank you for what you do day in and day out. There is so much unfairness in the world it really is heartbreaking. As Dee said, don't worry about the blogging and commenting - this is a stress-free zone.

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  4. never ever stress about the blogging. I think we are all friends and our lives get busy, or boring, or too much or too little. I love that we are all here for each other in whatever capacity. lovely sketching!!

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  5. I am so sorry you have to endure these frustrations with the system. My heart goes out to you educators that now have to add the additional worries about your health to all the other issues you have to face everyday.
    On a happier note, your sketches are spectacular! I love the way you captured the murals and the posters.
    Araignee

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  6. Your artwork is amazing-the subject is hard to understand-it is so complicated. Of course we understand if you can't check in every day-no problems-cross that off your list of burdens! And you need to stand up for the kids--I have a very poor opinion of the court system after being involved in domestic violence against my son by his wife--they were all decided that it was his fault. (and now she is in another relationship but he is Hispanic and he hits back-she's bitten off more this time....)

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  7. Excellent teachers go out of their way to help students. I know your current and former students appreciate all you do for them in and out of the classroom. Thank you for sharing your art.

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  8. bless you...teachers are heros, but teachers of special need kids are in a super class unto themselves.

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  9. Thank you - it may be one kid at a time, but over a lifetime it is hundreds and thousands! We do what we can.
    Don't ever stress about the blogging, it is supposed to bring you happiness, if you don't comment, you don't comment, such is life! Your art work is amazing, really captures the moment.

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  10. One kid at a time has been blessed by your love, support and teaching. You care, and a lot of kids don't have that in their lives. I am sending you a hug as you travel this time with current and former students. It isn't easy I know but we have to try and make a difference, me through therapy you by being and incredible teacher and advocate.

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  11. It is so heartwarming to read about your work. I know it's hard and time-consuming and probably draining, but boy-oh-boy . . . it MATTERS. Thank you! (And blog reading? It's for fun and enjoyment and connection -- whenever you read and whether you comment or not.) XO

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  12. Thank you for the work you do!

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  13. It was great to see your blog today! I tried to get on it the other day and keep getting "unable to connect" every time I tried. I, too, haven't been doing lots of blogging, mostly because the weather is finally nice and there's lots to do in our garden. Your school is so luck to have you on its staff; you are doing such good work for so many lucky students. You care and are an excellent teacher! Hats off to you! Here they are still debating whether or how schools will open this fall. Hugs from WA.

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