Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Tale of Two Cousins

Today, a tale of two cousins.  Both are teachers and both live in Florida.  One is my first cousin, and the other is my spouse's first cousin.  One is a native of Florida.  One grew up in New Jersey.  One lives in the Orlando area and the other is near Ft. Lauderdale.  One teaches elementary school and the other teaches high school.

One voted for Trump and proudly declared her support of Trump on Inauguration Day.

For the other cousin, she does not declare her political views on Facebook, but made it clear, after Trump's inaugural speech, that she was not pleased at his remarks about children and education.  She is a devoted teacher.  In fact, many, many years ago, when she first started to teach, I helped her set up her classroom one year, during a visit.

Two cousins.

Two backgrounds.

Two opinions.

But there are things these two cousins have in common.  They were able to get an education, and pursue a career.  They were able to choose whether to have children or not have children.  They both had the right to vote (although one of them had to wait until she was 21 to get that right. The other received that right at 18).

The "Lawn" at the University of Virginia, January 2017
Now, consider this.  When the buildings you see in this picture (not the columns in the front, but the buildings you see on either side, designed by founding father Thomas Jefferson) were built, slavery was legal and even the wives of faculty members were barely tolerated.  This university was not fully co educational (i.e. women did not have an equal ability to go to this college) until the year 1970. 

That was also the year I enrolled in a college.  It's sobering.

Back then, women attending college were still called "co-eds".  Now, they are called "people".

It was a way different world back then.  I, personally, do not want to go back, as appealing as nostalgia can sometimes be.

We have a lot of work ahead of us to make sure that never happens.

Day 22 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.


  1. Rolling up my sleeves, let's get to work,

  2. I wonder how the cousins, as educators, see the appointment of Betsy DeVos?

    1. I don't know, but I am not at all comfortable with her for a number of reasons. I'll list just one: I have a cousin with dyslexia and another cousin on the autistic spectrum (speaking of cousins)and this individual does not seem to know much about IDEA, including the fact that it is a federal law.

  3. Woman who support this president should be ashamed imo. As for Devos, don't get me started on the mess we have in our schools from her influence here in Michigan.

  4. Good thing is women have come a long way. Lets hope for the best

  5. And so many have been saying, "What are they protesting? We have equal rights." Um, yeah, kind of. But it would be so easy to lose this progress.

  6. A thought provoking post, Bookworm. Here in Blighty we are a divided nation over the Brexit vote. I was devastated by the result and furious with my brother for voting the other way. But it's done, so, as Songbird says, lets roll up our sleeves and get to work and hopefully make something good out of a bad decision.

  7. HOping for a change and it seems to go in right direction.

  8. We have definitely come a long way. But there is always more change that needs to happen

  9. Change is expected. Hope this soon.

  10. Some say don't look back and some say, don't forget....The approach may be different but the idea is to make way for a better future....I am hoping for one too.....

  11. As a highly educated woman about to become Dr. Banks ... I certainly want the right person in the position of Secretary of Education. Not sure who that might be!

    When I was in college the first time (back between 1976-1980), I was also considered a co-ed!


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