Link: Chicago Matters.
Tonight I caught up on my tivoed (is that even a real word?) episodes of Chicago Tonight. I watched this year's first installment of the Chicago Matters series on education and school funding is the focus of this series. I cannot for the life of me figure out why we continue the same method of funding schools here in IL and why some brilliant person hasn't figured out a better way of doing things.
Anyway, my jaw dropped midway through this segment because a high school senior at Thorton High School was interviewed about the impact of funding cuts on the classroom. This kid was my student about 8 or 9 years ago and now has made the best of his high school experience. He is going to Stanford on a Fulbright Scholarship next fall! He looked different, so at first I was skeptical that this was the same Cameron I had as a student. But, I quickly remembered what a driven kid Cameron was in third grade, and his success doesn't surprise me. He was the cutest little boy... very solemn with great big eyes. I wonder about other kids from Pirie that I had... Terrence who wrote an essay about me on inspirational women (this totally cracked me up) a year or two after I left Pirie... Brandon... Tatiana... Jessica from my first school...I'm starting to forget names which really bums me out!
I occasionally run into students from my prior teaching lives, and their stories aren't always as rosy. I ran into one student at Toys R Us when my now 7 year old was just a baby. This kid was 19 and had three children already. The last former student I encountered was in the checkout line at Target over Christmas. I think she recognized me first as she was avoiding my eyes while tallying up my stuff, but then I when I saw her nametag, I realized she had been this adorable red headed kid in one of my first grade classes. She now is 19 and had a nose ring! My how things change! And my do I feel OLD!
I'm always amazed when things like this happen.... there is a reason for everything and it is indeed a small world.