Buying school supplies for my son the other day brought back memories of a long ago and faraway childhood. When I was a child in California, as much fun as the summers were--running through the sprinklers, going to the library and listening to people read to me, playing in the yard--I was always ready for summer to end and school to begin again. By then I had read all of the summer reading books and was just ready for a little extra structure. School was fun and exciting to me, and I loved to get new school supplies because I knew that big day was coming. In elementary school the first day of school had a backlit "end of summer's golden grace" feeling.
At that time, school felt like magically open doors and pathways to new experiences. Even as my gray hairs accumulate I remember it well and I want to recreate it for your child and mine. After I spent my middle school years in a private "college preparatory" school (more about that later!) I KNEW that public was the way to go! School can and should be about a lifelong love of learning, not just a drive to achieve. My own love of learning came from public schools. When I am elected to the TUSD Board, that memory and perspective will help to guide my policy proposals and decisions.