Learning to Write

It’s Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. and I’m glad to be in Canada…where I can still watch the Macy’s Day Parade via satellite and not have to worry about cooking an enormous turkey or wonder why the Governor of Florida allows the Miami police to hunt down innocent protestors (and people walking down the street minding their own business) with rubber pellet guns.

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Well, I suppose I’d still wonder about good old Jeb no matter where I lived. If you are wondering too, why don’t you write him a letter and let him know what you’re thinking. jeb.bush@myflorida.com

I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of letter writing as of late. I joined PEN Canada’s Rapid Action Network. Each week I have the opportunity to add my name to an appeal to help writers who are unjustly imprisoned for expressing their beliefs. You can add your voice to the network and you don’t even have to be a member of PEN.

Pen Canada

And speaking of prisons….

One more thought for the day.

Hats off to Daniel Richler, host of Richler Ink, who put together a nice little montage of young students reading excerpts of John Taylor Gatto’s article, “against school” (as featured in Harpers Sept 2003 issue).

My son is a happy, healthy, creative, thinking-for-himself unschooler. Thank God we pulled him out, or he’d still be telling me , “No Mom, I can’t write the word ‘cat’ in cursive letters… Teacher says we’ll learn “T ” in a couple of weeks. We’re not to try it until then.”

Watch out for those “t”s, evidently they have the power to warp young minds if taken on too soon.

John Taylor Gatto

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