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Sam Smithwick

Diane,

Thank you so much, once more, for such a powerful article! My wife and I are relocating from southern Maine to Mississippi as educators. While much of our move is driven by the times we find ourselves in, we are both very passionate about the work that we do and how we will be “tested” in Mississippi. We are putting our hearts where our mouths are!

You touched on adult education. I am recently questioning the “colonial” mind set that perpetuates to this day. A modern state does not have to accept that so many citizens live in such despair. I know that if the national will existed to change this, we would have to break the cycle, providing education to adults so that a new culture of education to take over. The conversation in the Times this week certainly highlights the need to address poverty.

I have become such a huge fan of the the work that you do, the thought that you put into it.

Sincerely,
Sam Smithwick