Wednesday, September 9, 2009

no excuse

The kids' schools didn't show the school speech. The school speech that was all about staying in school. So I kept them out of school to watch it. Then we went to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute ~



First we walked around the park ~



Then we went inside, where we couldn't take pictures. No need, really. It's the sort of thing that etches itself into your memory. Neal asked if the KKK costume was a ghost. Leah asked why only four little girls were in the
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church when it was bombed ~


Both Leah's and Neal's absences are considered unexcused by their schools.

8 comments:

mountainmelody said...

good for you...but not for the school.

Brandy said...

That is absolutely ridiculous (the schools, not you). Good for you for keeping them home and watching it!

allison McClendon said...

Oh good grief.

Julia said...

Glad you guys watched and listened! I like your day's plan.

C watched here too, and then we had an extra English class just like President Obama did when he was a kid. It wasn't at 4:30 in the morning though!

Jeff and Heather take over the world. said...

Someone is going for Mom-of-the-Year. I'm so inspired by your work. Good job with educating your kids.

allison McClendon said...

Hey, so did the school ever make a comment about the kids being absent that day?

countrypeapie said...

Thanks to everyone for your support and kind words. Allison, the schools never made any official statements. I emailed the head of Leah's school to express my feelings, but it was a rhetorical email, really, and I doubt it was even her decision -- most likely the school board made the call. There was a board meeting later that same day and I wanted so badly to go, but I couldn't make it happen from a logistical standpoint. I do plan to attend as many board meetings as possible, though, so perhaps I'll have an opportunity to ask about it at some point. Leah's teacher later told me that she appreciated what we did.

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