It’s still my birthday month, plus today is the fabulous Andra Watkins’ birthday, which multiplies the power of birthday wish magic in immeasurable amounts, so I have a few birthday wishes I’d like to share.
But wait, you say . . . if I share the wishes then they won’t come true. The wishes I want to share aren’t my personal, private wishes, but wishes that affect many other people. So maybe, if other people agree with my wishes and we all use the power of wishing and birthday magic together, some of the wishes come true.
So let’s blow out some candles, find a falling star, and make a wish or two for the good of all:
Wish #1: Educational Sanity
“Whimper, whimper, whimper.”
I pull myself out of my hard-won deep sleep (after a 3 hour bout of insomnia) to the sound of my daughter whimpering as she crawled into my bed for a morning snuggle.
“What’s wrong, sweetie?”
She buried under the covers moaning and mumbling something.
“What? I don’t understand?”
“I’m not ready for MCAS long essay. I wish we didn’t move here. I wish I went to school where I didn’t have to take these tests.”
“These tests are everywhere Sarah. You’ve taken them everywhere, they are just more emphasized this year.”
“But Massachusetts is in the name of the test.”
“Well, yes, but every state has these stupid tests. That’s the problem. I just want you to do your best and not worry about it. These tests mean nothing about you as a student.”
“I feel like I’m going to fail.”
“I’ll be proud of you if you just try. I don’t care about these tests. They have nothing to do with you and everything to do with a broken education system.”
“I’ll try, Mommy. I’ll try.”
Okay, so maybe this wish is a little personal. My heart breaks when I see my daughter losing the joy of learning to her stress over achieving some mandatory score on a mandatory test that proves nothing than the fact that these kids know how to take tests. They aren’t learning how to think, to be creative, to challenge themselves . . . they are learning how to take tests.
I wish for a complete education overhaul that does not treat education like a business and teachers like servants who only win rewards if they prove numerically that students are improving, when we all know learning can’t always be proven by graphs and charts. I wish for an education system that embraces creative learning, challenges and questions societal norms, and incorporates all the things I’m passionate including learning through the arts.
Does anyone else wish for some educational sanity?
Wish #2: Governmental Sanity
Okay, since I’m already wishing for the impossible, I might as well wish for the ultimate impossibility of a sane and functioning government here in the United States. I am probably naive. I simply do not understand why greed and hatred have such a powerful hold over officials who are supposedly elected to represent the will of the people. I don’t understand why a body of people can continue to get paid and not fired when they aren’t doing their jobs. I don’t understand why 1/4 of 1/3 of the government (as in 1/2 of the congress which is only one half of one branch of the government) has held us hostage for so long and can demand unrealistic cuts in the name of more money for the richest few in a country where everyone is supposed to be equal, and get away with it. I don’t understand why we are still fighting for equality for women in 2013. I don’t understand why immigration is such as an issue in a land full of one time immigrants.
I don’t understand anything. I feel we are being ruled by insanity lately, although I must say that some of the people I know who are labelled as “insane” or “crazy” would make wiser choices than many of our elected officials.
It’s a simple wish, bring some sanity back before the US. government destroys everything.
More wishes to come . . .
I don’t want to overwhelm you with my long list of “soapbox” birthday wishes, but I will explore more for the next few days, until my birthday month is officially over (although I am actually celebrating into April when I go to my birthday concert so maybe the wishes will continue).
If you knew the power of birthday wishes or any wishes would work, what would you wish for to make this world a better place?