Monday, April 02, 2007

Hope


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead


I talked with an old friend on Thursday about public school. She reminded me that if educated, involved parents give up on public schools they will likely not improve. Our society as a whole will suffer as we allow the children without other options to receive an inferior education.

On Friday afternoon I joined a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens who volunteered at Hillandale Elementary for Science Day. I saw at least twenty parents and community members at the gathering for volunteers afterward and I know that many more volunteers were present. I worked with two doctors and an RN showing third graders actual human hearts and lungs. The kids practiced taking their pulse, learned about lung disease (and could see the difference between a healthy and diseased lung), looked at the chambers of the heart on a model and listened to each others' hearts with stethoscopes. It was exciting, hands-on learning!

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2 comments:

wesleyjeanne said...

That's wonderful to see isn't it?
You know I have always beleive we "girls" have the power to create great things.
(Of course, so do the boys)
Love ya!

Laura B. Fogle said...

Wesley,

I believe too. It just seems that the status quo has so much inertia that it is hard to see any incremental change is happening. And just when you are about to give up sometimes you see that there is progress!

Laura