I am not exactly sure how it happened, but I have found it impossible to write here these past few weeks. The beginning of school has gone smoothly and both teachers and students can be found working, learning, creating and having a good time throughout the building. By nature I am pragmatist. I will work hard to accomplish those things I know will make a difference and I will not spend a lot of time fighting a fight that is unwinable. I have found myself troubled though these first few weeks of school, not by what is happening locally, but by what has gone on nationally regarding the discourse about education. I am unsure how to attack this situation and how it makes me feel. It is overwhelming to me to think that educators are responsible for every student who does not make standards whether or not they are motivated, come to school ready to learn, have parents who make education a priority, or who have the skills they need to succeed when they get here. I am certain that schools need to continue to evolve to meet the needs of today’s students. I am certainly not one to sit back and defend the status quo. That being said, I find it deeply disturbing that public schools are being blamed for so many of the ills of our society and that charter schools are being held up as the shining example of how education should be done. Schools are a part of society. They do affect society, but more than they affect it, they reflect it. Reforming our school system is only a small part of what we need to do to “fix” our problem. I am not only waiting on Superman to fix our schools, I figure when he shows up he needs to do a little work on government, political parties, politicians, and the folks on TV who have all the answers. There. I have that off my chest; maybe now I can back to writing on a regular basis.