Atmosphere and Matt Andersen on eTown this week . . Plus, Appreciating New Things . .
I love to learn new things. Try to learn something new everyday. Sometimes its something totally simple, like grasping the basic principles behind having an urban garden (you should see our kale and summer lettuce!); other times it can be challenging, like learning the lyrics to a song in just one day and absorbing it well enough so I can accompany a visiting artist on the show like I’m part of their touring band (love that). Sometimes it’s even mundane, like learning a short cut on my computer.
Our eChievement Award story this show goes to a man who spearheaded the creation of a school that uses a lottery system to choose its students (rather than taking the standard cream-of-the-crop high test score kids and leaving the rest behind), then guides, supports and educates those students to prep them for college (the success rate? 100% of their graduates get accepted to institutions of higher learning . . pretty damn cool).
I just realized I learned something today: I’m seeing a theme running through this show that I hadn’t seen before. It’s the celebration of those of us who are not mainstream, who’re doing things in an alternative way, who may not be the ‘norm,’ or the ‘popular’ kids in school, but who are accomplishing amazing stuff.