After an unusual precipitation event, it was a cold overnight from 12 to 13 March here in central Virginia, so I was sorta slothful about exercising Sunday AM. But it warmed up and, I got out in the late AM.
After a good walk, though, I admired (and cut) a few daffodils.
So, the story for this week: First, the update about the health of Special Education Today; second, appreciation for readers, third, the current contents, and (then back to) those personal reflections.
SET is not growing. I think that for each new subscription, there was resignation this past week. Of course, these are all free subscribers (more on that in a future note). Regardless, please continue to spread the word! Forward. Tweet. Share. Tell friends and others!
Flashes of the electrons
SET pals who interacted with the magazine last week get a cudo here:
Thanks to Michael K., Clay K., Luann D., Tina, C., Bets, T., and Beth P. for interacting with the posts this past week. It’s great that you find them worth “liking” and I appreciate the feedback.
Beth P. is the clear leader in the clubhouse on the “comments board.”
Top visitors to SET in the last seven days include Angie, Clay K., Sarah H., Lula D., Tina C., Bets T., and others. Thanks for visiting!
And, once again, a special wave of the electron wand to Jane B. We haven’t seen here this week, and we hope that doesn’t indicate that things are going poorly for her. If you know Jane, please send her good wishes!
Thanks to y’all who have followed @speciadedtoday. Twitter’s a great way to keep up with what’s happening with SET. As I get a chance, I’ll push notices to followers for that TW account Help SET by pushing content even when I don’t. Those who follow that account can help promote new content.
The Table of Contents for This Week
If you are only reading this newsletter, you are getting what I think would be called “a lagging indicator.” This newsletter appears once a week. I post messages to the Web site [https://www.specialeducationtoday.com] multiple times during the week. Put a reminder in your calendar to go there frequently (as does Dan H.) so you can keep up with “the latest.”
The posts from the previous week:
Organizations addressing mental health issues: To which NGOs can one turn for information and assistance?
Promoting reading success: What can we learn from the experience of an elementary school? NYTimes on pandemic associated early reading concerns
Why are educators alarmed about losses in children’s early literacy? What people say caused them to quit their jobs
So, I have only a few notes for this issue of the newsletter. They reflect my concern about the horrific acts of war occurring in eastern Europe. In my view, we humans must resist violence, war, oppression, and injustice. To do otherwise is to abandon freedom.
I recommend the reporting of Heather Clark Richardson and Joanne Freeman, Dahlia Lithwick; and Jamelle Bouie (who’s my geographic neighbor). These are very important times, and these people have helpful perspectives on the times.
Our kids’ futures depend on human compassion. If we don’t give a damn about their futures, we’re abandoning them to horrific lives. Sure...overstatement, but imagine the alternative.
So, as always, don’t just care about our kids, but (because we need to advocate for them), (a) Wear your seatbelts: Put them on when you get into your car! (b) Get vaccinated and boosted and keep safe social distance, wash your hands, and use masks.; (c) and, please, please teach your children well.
SET Editor guy
SET should not be confused with a product with the same name that is published by the Council for Exceptional Children. SET predated CEC’s publication by decades. Despite my appreciation for CEC, this product is not designed to promote that organization.