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Tales Of An Educated Debutante

on life, loss and the joy that rules the day.


 
 
 
 
 




 
The future is far away and scary, but today is lovely.

Adrian H. Wood, PhD


Dear NC Department of Instruction,

Friday, June 09, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Dear NC Department of Instruction,

It's me, again. Were you hoping I would go away? Well, I am a special needs mama after all and summer break starts today, so I've got nothing but time. What are your plans this summer? Will you examine your role in the future of NC's children? Maybe not. After all, it's not easy to admit you support the mistreatment of children. Perhaps mistreatment is too strong of a flavor for your errant policies, but I don't think so. You see, I've talked to families and teachers and heard thei ..

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Dear Middle School,

Wednesday, June 07, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (2)
Dear Middle School,

You're a Title One school in Eastern NC and your students are some of the neediest in our state. My four children go to Title 1 schools too, though we haven't crossed the divide into middle school yet. Your school is located in the town where I grew up and, well, it hit too close to home. Today, you piled one hundred children into two buses and headed to King's Dominion for the day, all expenses paid. The requirement for admission? Kids scored between a 3 and 5 on the EOGs (end of  ..

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Our Schools Need You

Tuesday, June 06, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Our Schools Need You

You don't have that much time to give? That's okay, you go and give just one hug and I'll dare you to try to stay away. You're not that into children? That's okay, you can make copies or help serve lunch to our teachers who receive little recognition. You're not an educator? That's okay, you can make little people happy with a warm smile. You're not a good reader? That's okay, you can blow bubbles and play basketball. You're not very social? That's okay, you can sign  ..

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Conclusion of Education Series

Monday, June 05, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Conclusion of Education Series

Thank you for following along my education series, twelve stories surrounding our schools today. Education quite has my heart and with four children in public school, the youngest with special needs, I am a long term stakeholder. Visiting public and private schools, speaking to parents, teachers and administrators, and reflecting on my own education and experience as a public school family have all challenged me to think far beyond my Phd in Education. 1. Teachers care about childr ..

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Put Your Phone Away

Monday, June 05, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Put Your Phone Away

Put your phone away, I tell myself, too many times a day. Put your phone away, I tell myself, you're missing the moment. Put your phone away, I tell myself, talk to the mom beside you on the bleachers. Put your phone away, I tell myself, remembering the laughter is more important than capturing the moment in a snapshot. Put your phone away, I tell myself, Facebook and Instagram will wait for you. Put your phone away, I tell myself, they're watching and learning from  ..

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My Name Is Amos

Sunday, June 04, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
My Name Is Amos

These people never cease to amaze me. I am out of school one day and we are on the boat. I said, "swing," but no one cared. Daddy said that I love the boat. Just because I said, "go on boat," doesn't mean I wanted to. Duh. The life jacket is a real problem for me. My mom said she gets that and so does everyone within a two mile radius. We all must have a cause. Mine is reminding Mommy that I am the boss. She says I'm going to be wearing my gla ..

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Keeping Score

Sunday, June 04, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Keeping Score

Not me. Not his dad. Not his teacher. Only him. He keeps his own score and no matter our words or reassurance, he won't let the number go. Don't baby him, some say. You can't keep him in a bubble forever, others scoff. You'll have to let him fail sometime, you tell me. Well, I don't agree, not when the subject still calls me mommy, the eleven year old boy who often leans in for a hug and asks to sleep in our bed when daddy is gone. That boy will be thrown to the wolves over my dead body ..

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Ten Reasons College Friends Are Your Best Friends

Saturday, June 03, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (1)
Ten Reasons College Friends Are Your Best Friends

1. 20,000 hours. Time spent taking care of no one, thinking about no one and doing whatever the Hell you wanted minus a few classes. 2. Clothes were a community item. In fact, you may as well have not purchased any items, as it was much more delightful to scavenge through another's old crappy t-shirt collection, stolen stand up shorts and rainbows. 3. Privacy was not a thing. Changing clothes, trying on a zillion bathing suits, and best of all, talking to unsuspectin ..

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Stop the EOG Madness

Friday, June 02, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (9)
Stop the EOG Madness

Today I got a phone call from my third-grade son who was in the kind nurse's office and crying. He proceeded to tell me about his jaw and how it was really hurting. I asked if he wanted to come home and he replied that he didn't think he could because of EOGs. Of course you can, I said, it's just a test. If I don't pass, I won't go to fourth grade. I told him that wasn't true. I got a letter telling me that you're going to fourth grade, I said. I lied. How did it come to this? ..

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Goodbye to the School Year From A Special Needs Mama

Friday, June 02, 2017 Adrian H. Wood Comments (0)
Goodbye to the School Year From A Special Needs Mama

Flowers. Three vases. A mix of gardenias, hydrangea, and a few pilfered lilies. Confidingly, a meager offering for a mother's reassurance. Not just a safe place to fall, but a classroom that has been nothing short of miraculous. A year ago, we were prepping ourselves for Amos's entry into school. It was a choice that required no choosing, yet kindled despair and defeat in the family confounded once again by heavy irony. One can not escape the swallowing of pride required when your heart ..

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