It was the best of nights; it was the worst of mornings. Usually weekends are a time of rest and relaxation. Friday nights out as a couple. Saturdays with the family. Sunday mornings at church.
It started well enough. Friday night's activity was a shindig at the church for major donors to the grand piano fund. Four hands; one piano. And for two pieces, piano plus organ. The music ranged from unknown (to me) pieces to Chopsticks. Yes, they played Chopsticks for four hands on the piano. No, it didn't sound anything like what it did when we were kids.
Gathering around a brand spanking new Steinway grand piano hearing its A440 quality, ahh, heaven. The music of angels. And sharing the night with Mr. Gaelic. He didn't even rest his eyes once during the performance.
However, trying to eek out a few more hours of couple time on a Saturday morning wasn't the best idea. Well, not in the way it was executed. The local school district held a screening of "Waiting for 'Superman'". It's a very thought-provoking movie. Done by the same guy who did "An Inconvenient Truth". If you think it's all lovey dovey with the teachers' unions, think again. The movie basically rips the unions for allowing bad teachers to remain in the classroom.
Both Mr. Gaelic and I were hot around the collar after the screening. There was a panel discussion following the screening consisting of a teacher, three students, and a parent. Audience members could ask questions. The teacher admitted that she's warmed to the idea of merit pay for teachers. Afterward leaving the theatre, I equated it with choosing your doctor. You want the best doctor. But what about our kids' teachers?
Neither "An Inconvenient Truth" nor "Food Inc." irked me as much as "Waiting for 'Superman'". Mr. Gaelic noted that with the other two movies I can recycle more and buy organic. We have a bit of personal control over those two areas of our lives. As for the local school district, none.
Yep, I'm mad about the way kids in America, my kids, are treated by the education system. And I really covet the school administrators and teachers who are trying to make education work for kids. Just watch tomorrow's sermon be about wrath and envy.
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