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Often I think people look at life as something bounded by limitations rather than ripe with possibilities. I want to live my life in the latter condition, but sometimes I still think…

If I had the money:

  1. 我会还清所有债务。
  2. 我会带我的妻子牙买加。
  3. 我会买我们的所有儿童的iBooks。
  4. 我会买一辆普锐斯和混合动力汉兰达。
  5. 我想我的妻子买一个新的衣柜。
  6. 我会带家人在度假阿拉斯加。
  7. 我会转移到西北太平洋和教小学。
  8. I would buy a mountain cabin in the woods, overlooking a lake and peaks above treeline.
  9. 我会带家人上了一个月长假到新西兰。

If I had the time:

  1. 我想学习弹钢琴和键盘。
  2. 我想学习弹吉他。
  3. 我会写散文和小说类书籍。
  4. 我会叫我最好的朋友从高中和大学,检查了他们。
  5. I would make Star Wars movies with my kids, and do real light saber special effects using “Shake.”
  6. 我每天都会扔飞盘或踢比赛用球在课间其他孩子。
  7. 我会在冬天在我家后院分成木材在我们的壁炉大火。
  8. I would spend more time outside at night and learn many more constellations, and how to really use our telescope.
  9. 我想学习如何绘制比一般的小学一年级学生更好。
  10. 我会学会扔陶器。
  11. 我想学习如何焊接。
  12. 我会打高尔夫跟我爸。
  13. 我想学习如何家酿。

如果我有更多的自律和/或动机:

  1. 我想一定要与神每天独自度过更多的时间。
  2. I’d excercise regularly.
  3. 我会多吃蔬菜和多喝水。
  4. 我会参加更多的与我的妻子散步,享受更多的日落。
  5. I’d read more to my kids.
  6. 我会摇滚我的孩子多在夜间,并唱歌给他们更多的,直到他们睡着了。
  7. 我会为你必须在单独与我的妻子更多的星巴克咖啡。

如果我没有一个真正的工作:

  1. 长,我会增加我的头发,刺穿我的耳朵,并得到一个纹身。
  2. I would propose we homeschool our kids for a year and travel around the country, shooting home-grown video documentaries with our kids and blogging.
  3. 我会更经常长裤睡觉

If I had more power:

  1. I’d buy every student in the USA an OLPC $100 laptop, and provide a fulltime teacher-technologist at every school to provide just-in-time professional development for teachers who wanted and needed it.
  2. I’d provide funds so every child at every school could take at least three field trips (REAL, not virtual) in their local area every semester.
  3. I’d repeal all the curricular mandates passed by state legislatures, redirect all funds currently used for testing and put them toward higher teacher salaries, and ask all the teachers to be as innovative, creative, fun and engaging as they could be as they designed project-based learning experiences for the students in their care all year.
  4. I’d make the US legislators who have passed all these ridiculous laws about standardized testing put their own children and grandchildren in the lowest SES schools where teachers are drilling and killing kids to utter boredom, and make those kids stay in those schools all year until their legislative parents and grandparents repented of their sins.
  5. I’d ask all schools to do away with their bell schedules, divide up the students among the teachers in multi-age groups (this is in secondary settings too) and have teachers teach kids with content instead of teaching content to kids.
  6. I’d setup incentive grant programs so more teachers could work in internships for a month of the year with local businesses, seeing the job force skills firsthand that graduates and new employees are expected to have and readily learn.
  7. I’d change the predominant form of school financing in the United States from the inherently inequitable property tax model to a flat tax model which would put most tax accountants and tax lawyers out of business and make them get more productive jobs.
  8. I’d setup a volunteer task force to redesign the US school governance model, so innovation, creativity, and reasoned-risk taking among teachers and administrators would be naturally encouraged within the system rather than quashed and silenced.

But that’s just if…..

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6 Responses to If I had…

  1. Robert says:

    Re: having money for cars — My wife and I just bought a Toyota Corolla and Matrix (respectively) a couple of days ago, trading in our clunky Pontiac minivan and deathtrap Chevy Aveo. We love both the Toyotas — fun to drive, good gas mileage, will last for 20 years. We looked at the Prius and Highlander — $47K for the Highlander, so no way that was going to happen for us! But the Prius actually seems doable on a normal budget, priced at $23K, and you would save a lot of money on gas. And the technology in that car is really impressive.

    Re: having the power — Have you ever considered running for Congress or Senate, Wes? 🙂

  2. […] Amen to all that. Whole thing here. I suggested to Wes that he run for Congress or Senate sometime. […]

  3. Wesley Fryer says:

    Yes I’ve given Congress and the Presidency some thought– and even the local school board when I was still living in Texas, but I would need to make a lot more money first– and I have started to think that positional authority is not necessary the most powerful type. It is the most visible and what we think of powerful, but I think many of the solutions we need require grass-roots organization and advocacy, and helping promote those types of changes doesn’t necessarily require an elected or appointed position.

    Enjoy your Toyotas! 🙂

  4. so… you’d buy your own kids iBooks, but everyone else would have to settle for OLPC rigs? 😉

  5. Mark Ahlness says:

    Wesley, thanks for temporarily lifting me out of the dopa doldrums! Hey, come on out here and teach in Seattle – that way there would be TWO teachers blogging with their kids! Gosh, it’s so easy to sink back into being cynical, sorry…

    但发送回你的方式也许......你见过这样的精神有点提升?

    //youtube.com/watch?v=v6kki_wjjra

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