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The Children Left Behind
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I'm so tired of President Bush. I'm tired of politics in general. I'm tired of this election, and it's April. When I started this blog a week ago, I decided not to write about politics. Sometimes, we need a break.

But then I read on Josie Brown's blog that President Bush is trying to get rid of Reading is Fundamental (RIF). RIF gives books to children who otherwise wouldn't have access to books. They go to military bases, give books to migrant children, and low income schools. Even Congress at its worst has always okayed RIF be funded for another years. Until now.

I just don't get it. If you get it, explain it to me. A man who says he doesn't want to leave a child left behind decides to get rid of an organization that gives books to children. Does this make sense to you? Even his dad wouldn't even think of it. But he did. And don't get me started on No Child Left Behind. Even speaking against it can cost you. Patricia Pollaco, a picture book writer has spoken out against the act many times on the grounds that it is unfair to people who have learning differences (Pollaco has dyslexia). A speech she was going to make for SRA textbooks was canceled because of her speaking out. And guess what? SRA has no problems with No Child Left Behind. They think it's peachy keen.

The thing is, I feel so powerless. I feel like Homer Simpson when he says, half sarcastic, "I'm only one man, what can I do?" I'm only one person, what can I do? Write to my congress woman of course, and write about it, and imagine Laura Bush looking at her husband and saying: "You. Are. Spending. The. Night. In. The. Guest. Room." But I'm tired of this man. I'm tired of politics. And I'm tired of thinking about the children being left behind.

 

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Brava!

Me, too.  I am tired as well.  But I just can't get into that valley of gloom about it or I might stay there!

Glad you gave plugging a go!

Best,

J

Jessica Barksdale Inclan www.jessicabarksdaleinclan.com

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Thanks, Jessica...

I can't get in that valley either, or I'll go buggy.

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Thanks, Jennifer...

For commenting on my post. It so saddened me, to read that article.

Books are inspirational. They change lives. And those politician who feel "ignorance is bliss" propagate this philosophy because they don't want to answer to their own actions.

Keeping "the masses" down means no one looks over their shoulders. Well, it's too late for that. We writers will put out the word, and others will read it.

And they will be enlightened. And they will vote accordingly.

Putting it out there,

Josie Brown