Embrace Nature

Embrace Nature

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Grand Canyon Religion

As I watched my first sunset over the Grand Canyon, and absorbed the fading rainbow-colored sky above the giant abyss, I couldn't help but feel that this is how a sky is supposed to look.

This natural skyline, its golden horizon, its multi-colored mirror, the anticipation of navy darkness and the shadowy rocks below me were so grounding, yet so spiritual. Yes, the experience was religious. A number of different Native American tribes call the area of the Grand Canyon their home, and I can imagine the multitude of beliefs they hold about it. It is a sacred place. It lifted up my heart. It wrapped me in its enormity.

The next day, as I hiked 3 miles into the canyon, and dropped 2,040 feet, I only wanted to keep going. The Colorado River beckoned me onward. I had to whisper to it that I would return. I felt it nodding back in understanding.

Nothing could have prepared me for my first visit to this world wonder. And nothing can truly describe what I felt and what I remember. I can only go back again in search of more. Come with me.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

NYC is Closing 10 Schools

I don't think this bodes well for my chances of being offered a NYCTF position.

But the larger problem, in my opinion, is what seems to be glossed over in the article:

"But studies have shown that the most difficult students have tended to gravitate to other large high schools," not the brand new, high-hopes charter schools. They end up getting lost in the system just like they were lost before, in classrooms with too many students and too few resources.

The New York Times article claims that almost 2,ooo people showed up to the panel meeting, which lasted 6 hours and ended with the vote to close the "failing schools." I want to know who those 2,000 people were. These parents obviously care about their children's education. And I am inclined to think that the panel of 13 believes they are doing what's right, too.

But who's really looking out for those lost kids?

How do we fix these problems?