Tuesday, November 6, 2007

"Whiskey's for drinkin', water's for fightin' over" -Mark Twain

A big part of the curriculum at Young Son's school is hands-on-learning via field trips. Since it's also a parent participation school, this means that parents are needed to drive and chaperon.
On Tuesday, Young Son's 4th grade class went to the Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model. Since it's still early in the year, this was our first field trip (other then the 3 day beach trip in September)... We arrived at school early, loaded up our vehicles and hit the road- driving through San Francisco and over the Golden Gate Bridge to arrive in Sausalito around 10:00.

We arrived at the Bay Model and started our tour. Our docent, Linda, was very informative and engaging as she taught the students about the watershed, ecology, and conservation. One of the things she demonstrated to the students was how they could use the bay model to predict how an oil spill would travel across the bay using red dye.

Unfortunately, we awoke to the news today that there was a real oil spill on San Francisco Bay. Last night around 8:30 pm, a barge struck the base of the Bay Bridge spilling 58,000 gallons of crude oil into the bay. Now, I'm all for connecting what my kids learn in school in real life... But in this case, I would have been happy to leave them "disconnected".

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