Lets Hear It For The Boys!!!
Ok, have you ever been so extremely proud of people that you don't even know that you could just burst out in tears. Alright, maybe not, but I almost did when I read this article. The long and short of it is that at a high school where only 4 percent of the current senior class read at grade level when they were freshmen, the entire senior class has now been accepted to college. Many of these kids were from some of the city's roughest and poorest neighborhoods. That is phenomenal for any senior class. Much less for the senior class of an all male, all african-american, public school. Excuse me. Let me type that in capital letters, just in case you missed it. 100% OF THE SENIOR CLASS OF AN ALL MALE, ALL AFRICAN-AMERICAN, PUBLIC SCHOOL, IN CHICAGO ILLINOIS GOT ACCEPTED TO COLLEGE. WOW!!! They deserve to be celebrated and exemplified by all races and genders.
I heard it noted earlier (sorry I forgot where) that they didn't lower their standards when the administration noticed that many of the students performed below grade-level, they rose the students up. They didn't make the student's settle for less. They had the students achieve more. And now when you factor in what many of them have to go through to even have to get to school, they have overcome more than their counter-parts. They required longer school days and more english credits.
I think that even as adults, we should pay attention. This should be a lesson that we should pass on to our children, nieces, nephews and cousins, even if the school system doesn't. Each of these boys are assigned college counselors from day one. Can we make it a point to do this within our own families? School administrations don't rule our roost. We do. If school requires kids to read one book a week, why can't parents require an additional. A lot of districts are lowering standards. Let's raise them back up at home. I don't have any kids, so it's hard to offer advice, but this certainly provides inspiration.
At one of the assemblies, Jay-Z's "Every Day A Star Is Born, Clap For Em', Clap For Em, Clap For Em, Clap For Em, Hey" blazed from the speakers. How True. How True.
Get it boys! Congratulations! Let's Clap For Em'
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I've been on the hunt for a gaudy, 1980's cognac decanter forever. I felt like goldilocks. Each one that I found was either too light, too streamlined, or not sitcom/soap opera enough. I wanted a real 1980's George Jefferson/Dynasty crystal cut heavy decanter.
I've combed Home Goods, Marshall's, TJ Maxx, CB2, Pier 1, Crate and Barrel, Red Envelope, the list just goes on and on. I found one on Ebay, but wasn't willing to pay over $100 for it. That was just asking too much. I didn't want it that bad.
Alas, I didn't give up the hunt. The good thing about stores like Marshalls, Homegoods, and TJ Maxx is that their inventory changes so often. You have to constantly visit. Last night, I wasn't even looking and I past this little gem. It was like I was on an episode of Falcon Crest.
Sorry, that the pictures are a little blurry. Camera phone photos at it's finest.
I fell in love with the crystal cut and weight. Oh and the $20 price tag.
I think that i'll write them off on my taxes as a security system. I'll take a drink and hit a burglar on the head with it. I think that I'll tie a nice satin ribbon around the neck with a label so that I can remember what cognac I have in the decanter. After a few drinks and after some time, I tend to forget :) I may come up with another system. We'll see.