Suddenly I’m a Pittsburgh fan…one baby is all it took.

Hannah this is for you. I mean… I pictured your face on this baby. 

Thanks to a generation of massive amounts of standardized testing, our students conceive education primarily as a tool for determining a ranking. The Obama administration’s policy is even called Race to the Top. We have the most read columnist in the country telling us how important it is to raise “standards” so our students don’t fall behind.
For our students’ entire lives we have communicated that the reason to learn things is not to fulfill curiosities, but to see where you stack up relative to others. Grades are no longer a proxy for learning, but a lap time determining how well they’re doing at achieving a secure financial future. Under this system, a “B” is genuine cause for distress. A “C” is a disaster that points towards a ruined life.
At the same time, we have made it increasingly difficult to pay for a genuine education. The burden of loans threatens to strangle adult lives before they really begin. It is now impossible to work your way through college. Concerns over even paying for college are also at an all-time high. We communicate that a college degree is more important than ever and then make it more difficult to achieve.
Students look at the larger culture and see not a ladder of opportunity, but a treadmill of obligation. No wonder they’re distressed.

The plants of Cajas National Park, near Cuenca, Ecuador. 

Cajas National Park! Lovely morning hiking, even though it was grey and rainy. 

The New Cathedral, Cuenca, Ecuador. 

Mirador de Turi, Cuenca, Ecuador. 

Some of the best views of the city! 

The Churches of Cuenca, Ecuador. 



It got better.

Yes, it really did.

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So a boyband walked onto the Britain’s Got Talent stage and everyone thought they were going to sing One Direction or something typical…and then they sung Stars from Les Miserables.

This is the best thing ever. Just listen to those harmonies <3

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Cuenca Ecuador! Parks, Churches, Incan Ruins, Mountains, it’s got it all. 

I only had one sunny day when I was there, but it was still lovely on rainy days!