Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Overall views on the trip to Springfield..

It was my third trip with the gifted education group and it is interesting every year to see how the parents and the kids react to different things. We have different kids and parents show up and we end up seeing different things each time.

For example we were watching the senate as they were voting on some joint resolutions and the adults and kids were surprised when the senators leaned over and voted for other members. I had a couple of parents ask me about it (how can there be 55 votes where there are not 55 people down there)...

Also how surprised people are about how easy it is to talk to a state rep or a state senator. They figure there are layers and layers of gatekeepers, etc. The fact that you can get a legislator to come off the floor and speak to a group of kids floors them (no pun intended).

Finally the response to the building is always a fun one to watch...


It can be easy to get cynical about politics and government in this state. Next time you feel that coming on really strong might I suggest taking a kid to Springfield during session. It's like a sorbet to clear the cynical pallet...

OneMan

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