Unlike most of you, I rarely escape into a book, I read books to learn something new. I know, boring. Fiction's just not my thing.
So let's go.... have any of you read or have interest in reading with me:
Mother on Fire: A True Motherf%#$@ Story About Parenting! (2008) Sandra Tsing Loh
Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There (2000) David Brooks
For the kids I got:
Big Words for Little People (2008) Jamie Lee Curtis
I also got yet one more 2009 calendar: "Monet's Passion: The Garden at Giverny 2009 Engagement Calendar" which will look beautiful in the kitchen, especially through the dreary winter.
The Sandra Tsing Loh book intrigued me based on a few articles and excerpts I've read recently. From an article on salon.com
"Many of us turn to public schools because we really don't have a choice. Everyone has been outpriced. Because the generation before us, those dreaded baby boomers, they swiped the Visa and left nothing behind. It was like strip mining. They took what they could and left nothing for the rest. Not that I blame the boomers, but why not? Let's blame them! They stopped the war, then they worked at corporations, and they were done -- and they still think they've saved the world. But in terms of public education, many of them left a blasted landscape behind.
Now you have these children in their 40s going, you know, it may be time to do this legacy a different way. I think it is.
It's like we've forgotten how to think communally.
And I think that goes back to the public school thing, where on one affluent block, in Los Angeles, every morning about 7 a.m. you see the four Lexuses and Range Rovers bolting out of the driveways and going to four different private schools in four different remote parts of the city. If they each just went to the corner public school and took one year of tuition -- $25,000 a year -- and put it into that school for one year, that would be $100,000. That school could buy a new gym, and everyone would save so much money -- you'd save gas, you'd save the planet -- if people just looked around and started thinking a little more communally rather than competitively. And we may have to do that in these apocalyptic times."Another interesting reference was from The Atlantic magazine article: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200803/kozol
describing "How a pushy, Type A mother stopped reading Jonathan Kozol and learned to love the public schools". Written by Sandra.
And then an article in the St. Petersburg times: 'Mother on Fire' wants best public school education for all kids http://www.tampabay.com/features/parenting/article868215.ece
I'm not sure what my ideas will be after reading these slightly edgy books but I do hope they are worth it!