Coolio on my mind, and my mind on the children…

While out on my run this morning, Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” came on my iPod. It struck a chord today, because I’ve been talking (and thinking) so much about the urgency with which we must approach teaching children in poverty (and you thought it was because I was living a Gangsta’s paradise, didn’t you?). 

I never want another child to feel compelled to ask this question…


“They say I gotta learn, but nobody’s here to teach me

If they can’t understand it, how can they reach me”


We have so much further to travel before we can get there, however. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dreams of equity have not yet been realized, and I sometimes worry that we are even farther away today than we were when he spoke them 50 years ago. For our children’s sake, I hope we recognize–and act upon–the need to reach all of our children.