China ‘school buses.’

My loyal readers may have noticed that I’ve been AWOL–no posting since early October. In part, this was because I traveled to China, fulfilling my long-held dream. It was as fascinating and fun and fabulous as I had hoped.

In part of the tour, we went up the mountain to Ping An, a small village surrounded by rice paddies. Totally beautiful and traditional–very very different from the cities like Beijing and Shanghai. 

In Ping An, we visited a nursery school/kindergarten. And the scene that has stayed with me is the mothers (or sisters or grandmothers) who wait by the gate of the school to take their child him.  They put the child on their back and head off to home. That is the school bus. Very cozy, very heavy, very different from our experience, where parents may wait in their cars or kids go to school on the bus.

More to come!

About Miriam

Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, JD, MA—an expert in public education, focused on special education law— is a lawyer, author, speaker, consultant, and reformer. For more than 35 years, Miriam worked with educators, parents, policy makers, and citizens to translate complex legalese into plain English and focus on good practices for children. Now, she focuses her passion on reforming special education, with her new book, Special Education 2.0—Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law. Presentations include those at the AASA Conference, Orange County (CA), Boston College (MA), CADRE (OR), and the Fordham Institute (DC). Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Education Week, Education Next, Hoover Digest, The University of Chicago Law Review on line, DianeRavitch.net, and The Atlantic Monthly on line.

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