Janina R. Harrison replied to the topic “America is Not Number One Anymore…” in the forum Communications, Citizen Engagement, Customer Service 7 years, 6 months ago
I’d llike to go back to where David asked what the average government worker could do to change things.
I work at the local elementary school on my flex day doing science, art, and history projects to enhance the educational experience of students. We had hands on activities when I was growing up. We were allowed to make wood projects with saws, drills, etc. We had science labs. We made pilgrim suits and other history costumes of paper. I remember that those projects really brought the math, science and history to life and made it real. My children were stuck in classrooms with only books, memorizing things, and administration was not open to my participating in the classroom.
The projects I have been able to do at school? We made butter in a churn I drummed up. We stored root vegetables as the pioneers would have and cooked them at the end of the year. We made weather stations. We sampled wild greens and talked about how agriculture developed. We used wild plants for dyes. We made paper. I buy all the materials and research all projects. I paid hotel bill for an astrophotographer to do a presentation for the school. In case any of you want to do this, his name is Ken Crawford, and the kids were awstruck by the presentation.
I challenge all of you to make a difference in where America is going.
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