It’s been quite a year.
My students are awesome. Really awesome. They are energetic, creative, and hardworking. My new school is a better fit for me then the school I worked at before, and I feel a lot less overwhelmed by the teaching profession this year. I feel a lot more inspired.
When I taught at Signal Mountain almost all my kids had been to France before or would go by the end of high school. Most of my Ooltewah kids have never left the country. This difference between the two schools is really striking to me - at Signal, there is also a lot more emphasis placed on foreign-language education. I think those parents, the wealthier ones, see the need for FL ed. but at Ooltewah, we haven’t quite gotten there.
I don’t have a lot of time to reflect on this, but I think the education gap we talk about in this country happens in a lot of simple, subtle ways. The kids from wealthy families really do have more opportunity. SImple as that.
I’ve been wanting to take a trip to France for quite a while now, and I’m excited that it’s finally happening in the summer of 2015. At least I hope it’s happening and I’m believing for the best. I really want to take these kids. I want them to have the same opportunities that other kids in the county have. My kids though, my kids have to work for it. They’re already planning many, many fundraisers and working hard to make them happen.
This trip has already become about a lot more than a service/immersion trip to France. It’s about bilingual education and equal opportunity.
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