Many of us began our education advocacy journeys as active members of our local PTA. This week National PTA President Betsy Landers joined our blog-a-thon with a letter to her niece:
I am just one of millions of voices that are a part of the PTA. We are moms and dads, grandparents, and yes, aunts and uncles committed to making sure that the schools you attend are the very best they can be for every child no matter if they live in Arkansas or Alaska.
On the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) website, Jan Withers wrote a heart-breaking letter about what she would say to her daughter who was killed in a drunk driving accident:
I would share with you information on why to avoid alcohol as a teen, such as how it can make you sick, lead to sexual assault, lead to early death, lead to alcoholism, not to mention it is illegal. I would want to hear your opinions about it. I would like to share with you some ways to help you make good choices.
But I don’t want you to have to settle for “enough.” I need you to walk into your classrooms, shoulders squared, chins up. Ready. To be the brilliant girls your father and I are raising you to be. So there is absolutely no confusion between the two of you and all of the statistics that suggest children who look like you come from homes where parents don’t care about education, aren’t involved in the classrooms, and are incapable of raising kids who can finish school strong.
GreatSchools executive editor, Carol Lloyd, told her girls about “When Less is Infinite”:
Some days I can’t do more. But this year I may be able to do less – and that may be better.
And Connie Matthiessen, Associate Editor at GreatSchools, encourages her kids to “Dare to Be Uncool”:
So my wish is for you to have the courage to stand up when you observe someone being teased, or excluded, or bullied. You don't have to jump up and down or deliver a sermon, but it has tremendous power if an observer says simply, "Cut it out," or, "That's not cool."
I also found this lovely post at (Mis)Adventures of a Work at Home Mom
2010 Connecticut Mom Congress delegate Gwen Samuel chimes in to ask the question, “Why do parents have to make a choice between protecting their children’s educational rights and supporting effective teachers?”
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