Today, I am happy to acknowledge that I am pretty lucky. I work in a caring school and send my daughter Kara to an elementary school that takes the arts seriously.
At the end of the past week of high stakes state exams, Principal Michael Ranieri at PS 191 in Queens managed to have the fifth graders as well as my daughter's second graders perform flamenco dances as part of an international festival. It was amazing.
At the school where I work, Middle College High School at LaGuardia Community College, we sent a first rate group of wonderful kids along with three caring adults to Houston where the Middle College National Consortium held the Middle College Student Leadership Initiative. For a couple of the students, it was their first time on an airplane. For the teachers back home it meant a bunch of extra coverages, but it was well worth it to see our kids contribute nationally and grow as human beings. It really is an honor to be associated with Middle College.
This piece probably won't get thousands of hits or a hundred comments but it is nice to know there are some positive events that are occurring that NYC teachers and students are involved with.
Anyone else have anything nice to say?
If not, don't worry, I'll get back to exposing the muck in the system soon.