Day 1: WordCount Blogathon 2013 —Yep, I’m doing this thing!

Dear Readers,

It’s day one of the WordCount Blogathon 2013!

Oh, it’s hot out there today! I hope you’re someplace good and enjoying the day.

I know many people blog every single day . I’ve never been one of them. I barely manage what I do post. So, why on earth would I do this to myself and add MORE pressure.  I DON’T HAVE TIME ANYWHERE IN MY SCHEDULE TO DO THIS. Nuts. Right? Well, here’s the thing. I like a challenge every once in a while. I’ve never done this before seems like reason enough to do it.  Immediately upon deciding to do this, and while registering and then even afterwards, my mind had a  long conversation with itself.

It went like this:

I  shouldn’t even try to do this. What if I don’t make it all the way through? How embarrassing!

So, you’ll do what you do. You won’t know until you try. What if you find out you can do it?

Yeah, yeah, OK, but what if my posts aren’t good enough?

They won’t all be good enough. Some will be good, some might be bad, some might make you wish you didn’t hit “publish”  and will send you  hiding under the covers. So what? Take a nap.

What if no one cares?

Some people won’t care. In fact, many people won’t care. The majority of humanity won’t know about this or care. What’s your point?

I don’t know. But, wait, and what if someone does care?

Some people will care. Maybe it’ll only be one person. Write for that one person.

But, what am I going to write about?

That’s up to you. What would you like to write about for 30 days in June?

Um, um, oh, jeez. There’s so much—-

Listen, go eat something or dance, then come back and tell me later.  I need a break.

I ate a sandwich. Instead of dancing I sat down and looked out the window, because as my cat knows so well, that’s  always  a good use of my time. It helps me breathe and think to see  trees and sky. Suddenly, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about for 30 days in June.

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I’ll be writing about learning, education, and what the what is going on my son’s  school  district. I haven’t quite figured out how to maintain his privacy while writing about this. I’ll keep that in mind as I might  need to change or omit names, places, and such. I’ll let you know if and when I do that.  At the same time, it’s important for me to tell the truth and be honest about what I see is going on. As I do, I’m hoping to figure out how  to deal with it and take action. I’ve got  lots of questions.

I’m writing this to express how I feel about the corporate ed reform practices taking over our country’s schools; my fears (and the evidence) of the damage it’s causing and will further cause if it continues and I’ll share links and info. I’m also gonna write about the way I think things could be, or find examples out there of better learning practices I agree with and want for my son and his school.

I’ll be writing about my background and my experiences in learning and education. We’re gonna have a little memory lane back to the 1960s and 1970s in Boston, MA, and we’re going to Israel,  France, Germany, Ireland, and back to the US. Yes, I’ll probably also discuss Finland. I make no big promises. I hope to cover a lot, but we’ll see how it goes. I’m feeling a sudden urge  to  brush up on  my  Hustle dance moves.

Yeah, I’m compelled to speak up and fight for my son’s education and future. I hope that by writing this, by telling our story,  that I might reach other parents who are going through similar situations; either here in my town or  elsewhere. I see children’s freedoms and rights are being violated and abused in the name of greed and power— that’s what it boils down to in the end.

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I’m  angry. I’m fed up. And I want to use these 30 days to get my voice out there on this topic. I feel this is urgent and necessary and so I will write about it daily for this month of June  2013. I’m adding parent activist and rabble rouser to my job history list. I’m adding my words and pictures to the mix. I wonder how this will go? I guess I’ll have to keep writing and find out. Back tomorrow. Thanks for being here.

And to  my fellow WordCount Blogathon  2013-ers—good luck!  I’m glad to be in your company. Oh, yeah, we can do this!

Wait, do I really want to do this?

(sigh) Oh, boy.

Love and peace,

Elana

3 thoughts on “Day 1: WordCount Blogathon 2013 —Yep, I’m doing this thing!

  1. Looking forward to your journey this month! Pretty brave to commit to writing 30 days in a row! I feel the same way. I have formed lots of opinions about education, watching my children move up the academic ladder.

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