I had only been a librarian for a few years, when my boss offered me an amazing opportunity. It shaved some 5 years off the front end of my professional life.
He gave me the job of Assistant Director. It was no small move. I went from managing a department of 20 to overseeing four branches and a host of technical operations. I have never forgotten that act of faith, and his continuing support over the next three years.
Those years were intense, vibrant, exhausting, challenging on every level. But my director was always there for me.
I hate to admit this so soon after Washington's birthday, but I've decided that I cannot tell the truth.
It started when I got three "survey" phone calls in two days. The first was at work. Someone was calling to ask for the name of the person who orders our computer supplies. It wasn't a sales call, he explained. He was just updating his company's database.
Recently I spent most of an afternoon sitting in a Colorado House Committee hearing.
I get irritated by the assertion of some schools that their job is to teach kids how to think. I'm quite certain that I was thinking before I attended school. The real surprise is that even after almost 2 decades of schooling, I can STILL muster a thought, if I work at it.
But the purpose of this week's column isn't to say what America's schools should or should not be doing. It's to focus on just four things YOU can do to help your kids grow up literate.