Monday, May 17, 2010
I was at a yard sale and a little boy had a sign posted on the garage door:
LEMONADE 25 cents
DROLINGS 25 cents
I asked him what "drolings" were and he showed me some of his artwork. I asked where he went to school and he told me Belle Aire; I asked him what grade he was in and he said the third grade.
I asked, "May I buy the sign?" He seemed surprised but he took it down and I crossed out DROLINGS and wrote DRAWINGS. I gave it back to him with a quarter. He asked, "Aren't you going to take it?" I told him that I voted for all school bond issues and that was just another contribution from me for education.
His grandmother, who was having the yard sale, commented, "They don't teach them nothin' at school."
I left, very depressed, with the state of education, but then I recalled that Andrew Wyeth had little formal schooling and he did very well.