I went to the KQED forum for education recognition and reform in Oakland at Laney College last week and I was impressed by the stories of those who attended.
There were teachers who managed their classes of 30-35 students with a dedication that rarely shows up other than with a parent. They were protective of the children’s capacity and willing to fight to make their education process better by taking their own time and often money from their own pockets.
It was brought up very often how most schools spend very little time being concerned about the nutrition education. The comments came up more frequently than any other topic. One very enthusiastic individual spoke twice about the benefits of Vitamin D and how it effects the ability of the students to retain what they are learning.
The nice surprise was running into my friend Doug Hollie from Heart to Heart based in Treasure Island. Doug helps children who are on the streets and gets them involved in sports and other activities.
I was able to meet two new contacts that might be interested in helping with a new project that I’d like to produce to employ youth during the summer and teach them a trade simultaneously.
All in all, KQED orchestrated a great event with a few influential participants in the education community and offered a great platform to bring people together and make them aware of what is available.