2001 – Harvard University Civil Rights Project releases study finding that schools were more segregated in 2000 than they were in the 1970’s before desegregation efforts, including busing began.July 17th
I like birds. I don’t know much about them, honestly. Yet, I find them fascinating and somewhat unlikely creatures.
Recently, I used a gripping photo of a bird as a metaphor for what the battle against the coronavirus feels like during this Pandemic Summer.
Today, I use an article about birds and the photo accompanying it to offer a different feeling that I’ve been having lately.
From the report on newly published research – “Andean Condor Can Fly for 100 Miles Without Flapping Its Wings”:
For the first time, a team of scientists strapped recording equipment they called “daily diaries” to eight condors in Patagonia to record each wingbeat over more than 250 hours of flight time.
Incredibly, the birds spent just 1% of their time aloft flapping their wings, mostly during takeoff. One bird flew more than five hours, covering more than 100 miles (160km), without flapping its wings.https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/13/andean-condor-fly-without-flapping-wings-flight-bird?utm_source=nextdraft&utm_medium=email
I also found this recent article with a similar theme – “Why Birds Can Fly Over Mount Everest”
The Andean Condor represents what I wish I could do this summer – fly away.
Literally – last fall, my parents started planning to fly my kids, wife and me out to California to have a “family reunion” and to celebrate my parents’ 55th wedding anniversary. NO FLYING OR TRAVEL THIS SUMMER – TOO RISKY.
Beyond this, I had other plans this summer, like working for Census 2020, which have been postponed or canceled.
And as summer flies by and a return to classroom (maybe?) teaching approaches for me, I feel doubly anxious – I am switching to teach at a different Catholic high school in the midst of this huge uncertainty of what “schooling” will be like this fall and winter.
Besides the photo and article, here’s the song/video which best captures my feelings, wish, and desire on Day 125 since the “lock down” began for me on Friday, March 13th: