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Thursday, September 09, 2004
 
Amy and Ethan

I was 8 years old when Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald Ford in the 1976 presidential election. It is the first election that I have a clear recollection of. I remember my third grade classmates squaring off in the lunchroom at Trombly Elementary, taunting each other with chants like; "Ford! Ford! He's our man! Let's throw Carter in the garbage can!" and, of course, vice versa. Politics have never been a highbrow affair in my mind.

There was something else about Jimmy Carter's election that I remember very clearly. President Carter chose to send his 8-year-old (the same age as me!) to Stevens Elementary -- a Washington, D.C., public school -- instead of to one of the bevy of private academies that almost all of the children of the beltway elite have attended for decades.

Recently this tidbit of history took on new significance to me. Last Thursday my son started kindergarten at Brayton Elementary, a public school that has seen its reputation dragged through the mud in recent years.

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