Thursday, November 28, 2013


4LAKids: Happy Thanksgiving
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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Gentle readers:

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Chanukah. This convergence happens oh-so-rarely, the festival of lights and the festival of bounty and harvest and all the ways to server cranberries imaginable. It won’t happen again until 2070, and after that in 2165, then in another 70,000 years.

The last time it happened was ion Nov 28, 1918 – seventeen days after The War to End All Wars ended. The peace didn’t last but the candles lit that day cast a glow that illuminated the hopes of our grandparents, parents; ourselves and progeny. Peace is never a failed experiment.

Other writers are writing lists of things to be thankful for. The LA Times editorial board this morning harkens back to the LA Times of a century ago, all business-friendly-and-civic boosterish – one can read between the lines to find thanks for the farmers in the Owens Valley for selling their water rights to the Otises and Chandlers and Angelinos to come – including you and me. The Times is thankful for the Local Control Funding Formula – and to Monica Ratliff for questioning the iPad deal. |

Diane Ravitch has a list, here:

I’m sure the Gates and Broads and Waltons have lists.

Strunk and White caution to avoid lists – and every Academy Award acceptance speech ever spoken is rife with the peril of forgetting one's agent or spouse.

I am thankful for all of you and your friends and colleagues and partners out there for everything you do for children, every day.

Thank you for caring and giving. Thank you for reading and thinking about it. Thank you for being among the few who make a difference; the difference you make moves worlds.

And, like the Times editorialists, an extra-credit thank you to those who read to the bottom of the page.


- smf

Scott Folsom is a parent leader in LAUSD and is Parent/Volunteer of the Year for 2010-11 for Los Angeles County. • He is Past President of Los Angeles Tenth District PTSA and represented PTA on the LAUSD Construction Bond Citizen's Oversight Committee for ten years. He is a Health Commissioner, Legislation Team member and a member of the Board of Managers of the California State PTA. He serves on numerous school district advisory and policy committees and has served as a PTA officer and governance council member at three LAUSD schools. He is the recipient of the UTLA/AFT 2009 "WHO" Gold Award for his support of education and public schools - an honor he hopes to someday deserve. • In this forum his opinions are his own and your opinions and feedback are invited. Quoted and/or cited content copyright © the original author and/or publisher. All other material copyright © 4LAKids.
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