Todd Kerr does an outstanding job at the Berkeley Times, which is Berkeley’s print-only newspaper. The Times covers more school-related news than Berkeleyside is able to cover, and it has a wide circulation within the BUSD community. I wanted to thank Todd for covering the Rosa Parks mock trial for the second year in a row. The kids really love to see their hard work acknowledged in the newspaper.
Nothing I have ever posted on Facebook (except that I am running for school board, actually) has garnered as much positive reaction as this school picture Casey brought home the other day:
One thing I love about this picture, in addition to the suit (which was his idea, for the record) and the crazy hair and the goofy smile, is the ridiculous green background, which is a classic public school “school picture day” background. There’s nothing artisinal about it; there’s a reason we call them school “pictures” and not school “portraits.” Compare, for example, the preschool “portrait” of Casey’s little brother Owen on the left, and Owen’s kindergarten picture on the right:
I don’t have any larger point here, but I will say this: there are a lot of ways in which I would like to see the Berkeley public schools embrace innovation to a greater extent than we do. But I’m glad that school pictures haven’t changed.