Kathryn Papoulias (katypi) wrote in get_up_dread_up,
Kathryn Papoulias
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Six Months

On Friday my dreads turned six months. Sooo... pictures of where they've been are definitely in order.

Well, first they didn't really like lying down. Crazy little buggers wanted to go everywhere.


Then I calmed them down and read them stuff from my Marine Biology textbook. They seemed to like jellyfish the most.



Then a couple months passed and we made sushi together and despaired over a cinnamon cookie that didn't like us very much.



(This is also when my shirt decided everything was more fun when you could see my bra.)



Then I dressed them up a little with a hairwrap for their four month birthday.







Then we went hiking at the Pinnacles!



I also attended a Harry Potter party and dressed up as Hermione, whom I've been compared to since the first book came out....literally. I take it as a compliment.
(My book bag reads "Books may well be the only true magic.")



Then I made silly faces at my webcam while they were five months.



After that, there was a general consensus that pigtails are a lot of fun. As are camera necklaces (almost as fun as a nikon!).





And more recently... prom!





And that brings us to today. They've definitely shrunk a bit; you can tell by looking at the dreads at the back of my head the most. 





I also participated and helped lead a walkout at my high school. I was interviewed here (my name is Kathryn). The walkout was in opposition to the involuntary redistricting of MPUSD schools. As many of you may know, California is one of the worst states for public education. A couple of the schools in our district are on the verge of being taken over by the state because of consistently low test scores (because of the impossible exponential growth expected by "Every Child Left Behind"  - oh, excuse me, I meant "No Child Left Behind"). The schools in question are attended by a majority of non-English speaking students, so obviously they aren't performing well on the state tests, which are given in English. So rather than speak to parents about motivating their kids to learn and providing classes for students to learn English, the district has decided to take 50% of the teachers from the lower-performing school and switch them with teachers from other schools, completely ignoring other options that were listed. This, as most intelligent people are aware, will do nothing but exacerbate the issue as it breaks up school communities and students are left without the adults they've come to know, trust, and admire. Teaching is not a punch-in/punch-out job with no relationships to the school, students, and coworkers. Teachers are not sheep that can be shoved wherever the district pleases. To bring awareness to the issue, we led a massive school walkout. Around 700 students from the school walked out of class at noon and marched through the streets, carrying signs and shouting "Hell No - They Won't Go" and "Who do we want? Our teachers! Where do we want them? Here!", among other chants. We blocked traffic and ran through a tunnel (pretty legit, not gonna lie). We were completely nonviolent, and the only thing that caused any inconvenience was when we would block intersections and stopped traffic for a minute. We returned to school for the last period to show that we were still dedicated to learning. We are attending district meetings and have been contacting every paper and news station in the area.
Please, if you are an adult, support public education. Pay your taxes. We students are suffering, and we aren't going to stop caring when we graduate. Education is priority. Students are the future, and we need help.
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