A little earlier today, my wife and I were discussing Eclectablog's heartbreaking and bile-inducing diary about the Lansing, MI school district being forced to completely eliminate ALL arts, music and phys. ed. programs due to the Snyder/GOP legislature's draconian educational budget cuts.
This led, naturally, into a discussion about how this is just the tip of the iceberg, and how rich Republicans don't give a rat's ass about public education since their kids can just attend private schools, so screw the rest of us.
Our 7-year old son, overhearing our conversation, suddenly burst out saying "That's just like The Sneetches from Dr. Seuss! The Star-Bellied Sneetches thought they were better than everyone else because they had stars on their bellies, but they weren't!"
To say that this brought a smile to our faces is a huge understatement; we were thrilled that he had made, as his own public school teacher puts it, a "text to world connection", finding a lesson he learned in a book and applying it to a real-world situation.
But that's not the half of it. Check out what he decided to do next. I helped him by finding the appropriate images online and printing them out, but he thought up, wrote and did everything else below completely by himself:
Update: Wow. Don't get me wrong, I've been on the rec list a number of times but I really wasn't expecting this one to get so much attention; it was just a proud papa bragging. Much appreciated.
On a more somber note, however, I do need to call attention to one of the ugliest bills that the GOP-controlled legislature tried to ram through last December (unsuccessfully at the time) being rammed through (successfully this time, in a slightly modified version) earlier this week. Rather than put a downer note on this diary, I'd ask you to just take a quick read of this other one.