Musings of an educator from Lawrence, KS. Obsessions include: Kansas Jayhawks, politics, women's rights, TV/movies, music, and books.
disclaimer one: this is gonna be a long one. strap in.
Most of you, I’m willing to wager, don’t know much about Kansas—and what reason would you have to know anything? It’s been said that we’re flatter than a pancake (false), we’re flyover country (probably true), and that we’ve got more cows than people (definitely true, with a ratio of 2:1). There aren’t many interesting facts about Kansas, and the only times we really make the news are when a particularly vicious tornado hits or Fred Phelps does something awful again. Now that he’s dead, we’ve only got tornadoes.
Oh yeah: Dorothy, and her little dog, too. We’ve got that. Beyond this, there doesn’t seem to be much to know about Kansas, or at least not anything of pressing importance.
But there’s something going on in the Kansan education system right now that’s frightening and important, and you need to know about it.