Growing on the Road

When we first decided to embark on this journey, I knew that we would both grow a lot from our experiences on the road. After only a week and a half, I can honestly say that this is already coming true. Whether it is adjusting to living out of the back of my car, spending an insane amount of time with only one other person, or just having random conversations with friends and strangers alike, every where we turn there is a lesson to be learned. For instance, I will never leave my wallet in a campsite shower again after backtracking for a half an hour with my stomach in my throat! Thank God Elly was there to keep me sane, for I was definitely on the verge of losing my mind. I was also disappointed in the Mammoth Cave tours, which were more “touristy” than educational (not to mention the tales of the “happy” slaves who worked there and the Native Americans who we drove off the land – both made us sick to our stomachs). The Smokey’s were quite breathtaking, and meeting up with Tim in Boone was a vacation in and of itself.  During one of our late night conversations, we started talking about the end-of-the-year tests that he had to administer to his students. Tim’s frustration with the system was clear, as several of his students who had worked so hard throughout the year would still have to go to summer school. Many of these kids were passing his class and could clearly pass the end-of-the-year test had they understood English better. However, because of the way the test was written, they stood basically no shot.  He explained to me that he could get everyone to pass had he focused on the test all year long, but that this style of teaching would have left his students completely unprepared for next year’s math class.  Meanwhile, some of the lazier kids that averaged a 45% in the class would probably forego summer school by passing this upcoming test.  Seems to me like we have a “No child left behind – as long as they speak good English” act in place. I guess we can only hope that whoever wins the election later this year will make this one of their priorities. Moving on from Boone was tough, but I’m excited to see all the Atlantic Coast and Southeast has to offer.  Feel free to give us a call anytime, as we love to hear how you all are doing. Take care and we’ll update soon!



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    Mike said,

    You guys rock. Boone was more exciting with y’all in it. Too bad you chased a tornado producing storm out to Okracoke, but at least Howard’s Pub stayed open. Best of Luck!

    P.S. Kelly’s hot! Her friend Kenny’s not too badlookin’ either 😉

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