A recent article in the Hartford Courant states that, in his job application, the new Connecticut Commissioner of Education, Mark K. McQuillan, laid out his policy priorities for the schools in our state: the expansion of preschool education, an effort to recruit highly-trained teachers, a longer school day, and a longer school year. He also stated in a news conference that he favors a graduation exit exam for all students.
Is this a warning shot across the bow that Mr. McQuillan is anxious to make Connecticut look like his old stomping grounds --- Massachusetts? We shall see.
Inspired by a little-known picture book from the pen of Bethany Tudor, this is a diary, of sorts, where I document some of my thoughts, activities, and ideas as I explore the challenges met by the characters in the story: hard work, the care and nurture of others, housekeeping skills, life changes, charity, community, and cooperation, among others. Like Samuel and Samantha, the ducks in the tale, I struggle and succeed, cope and celebrate, work and play, handling the tasks that come my way. I invite you to join me on my journey.