Diane Ravitch on The Daily Show.
Ravitch is the queen. If only the government would listen…
We would also address poverty directly. We would increase the minimum wage and make post-secondary education cheap or free, and we’d improve improve unemployment benefits and offer free job-training to the unemployed.
Poverty is one of the few social ills where throwing money at the problem really does seem to work.
These are not radical, liberal ideas. In fact, in Europe most of them are associated with the more conservative parties, and many of them were associated with the American Republican party in the 80s. But the United States’s political climate is so different from anywhere else in the industrialized world that I fear we will just continue to get farther behind in education (and in % of people living in poverty) until we decide to make some big domestic investments.
They had hot cocoa for the first time today. They were overjoyed.
That makes this officially our longest placement ever, though the last time they were with us, it was about 5 3/4 months. They’re the two most wonderful beings in the world, and I hate how difficult their lives have already been.
I keep thinking about the end of that last placement. It was this time of year, 2011, and they both had colds. He woke up one night upset, and I sat there for ages with him in my lap, his cheek on my shoulder. They were two years old.
The judge sent them back.
I can’t tell you what a mix of joy and anger and fear I felt when they came home to us. And now, here we are again, planning for a court date and Christmas simultaneously.
Ah, the fosterlife.
— Her, explaining why she hit the plastic ball off the tee with her head instead of her bat.
— Her reply, when I asked them to share the Hulk gloves.
How do we do this foster care thing? How do we keep going?
"Oh, good. Teach the pastor’s kids to appease the gods with a rain dance."
"Chazley loves hummingbirds. She goes outside and feeds the hummingbirds. She stays inside and watches the hummingbirds."
Just when you think your behavior isn’t being observed….
Sometimes I think about how weird I find other people’s religious beliefs, and then I remember I’m afraid to pee on a plane because at some point long ago I decided it was bad luck.
Some people juggle geese.
Tigger is in her room singing “Soft Kitty” to herself. I’m in the living room cracking up.
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