I hope everyone finds time today to attend Greenwich Animal Control’s open house (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 393 North Street) Thanks to Greenwich Time’s Helen Neafsey for alerting me – through her blog – to this very important event, and for her continuous coverage of one of the town’s most important organizations.
One Nation, Under God
It’s funny, because we hear so much about the achievement gap, and rightfully so, but are we willing to do what is necessary to actually fix it? I’m not so sure. Case and point: On the front page of today’s Hearst Connecticut Newspapers is a wonderful story about UConn’s new basketball coach, Kevin Ollie. It talks about how he was raised in the Church and the importance of religion in his life. The fact of the matter is that there’s no more important institution for African Americans than the Church. And America is a county founded on religion. So then why is it that we don’t teach that in public schools?
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof refers to school reform as the civil rights issue of the day in America. If that’s true, then weighted grades is the civil rights issue of the day in Greenwich. Do we want a system that only values the education of the elite, as the weighted grades hawks professed earlier this year, or do we want a system that values every student, as teachers have advocated for endlessly?
Anyone else find it interesting that, a few years ago, Greenwich was applauded for attempting to root out those who were attending town schools illegally, and that now, after doing just that, some town yappers are professing anger that Greenwich has the nerve to require that students who attend town schools actually live in the town?