Walkouts! (And Pi Day!)

I’m excited about today’s student protests. The content is secondary, I just get excited when young people get engaged. But I do worry about the adults. Do we really want school districts and universities proactively sanctioning protests? That seems like a fraught business and one that conditions kids to look for activism to be pre-approved by the authorities. I take a look at that in The 74 today:

It’s an apt illustration of the times and an inversion of Scooby-Doo — the kids are about to do something and the adults are poised to screw it up with their meddling…

You can read the entire thing here.

On the same questions Pondiscio goes deep on the distinction between protests and field trips and why it should matter to those concerned with civics ed. Los Angeles middle school teacher Pablo DePaz explains why he’s walking out with his students.  And Mark Keierleber takes a look at the history of student activism.

Today is Pi Day! I’ve long maintained there are three kinds of people in the world, those who are good at math and those who are not. Today’s the day to celebrate math people. Once at a bar I saw 19 get in a fight with 20. 21.

I knew a rancher who counted his cows daily out in the field, he had 99. But when he finally rounded them up, turns out he had a 100.

Math can be hard and even scary for people. I know someone who is quite terrified of negative numbers, will stop at nothing to avoid them.

Anyway, two drink minimum here…Happy Pi Day.

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