Sunday, September 28, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Just Us in Davis: We need each other(‘s vote)

JustUsW

By
From page B6 | March 04, 2012 |

Learn more

What: “The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian,” a young adult novel written by Sherman Alexie, is the Campus Community Book Project selection

When: Alexie will speak at 4 p.m. (free) and 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11

Where: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis

Info: www.facebook.com/pages/UC-Davis-Campus-Community-Book-Project

This is an exciting time in our country. The presidential election season rolls around every four years, bringing with it opportunities for collective memory, dialogue and consensus-building about what it means to be American together.

During this time, we rehearse and remember, rehearse and remake the meta-narratives (big ideas) that hold us together. Some of the meta-narratives we are asked to subscribe to are frankly political, extreme ideologies of the left or the right. Some mask as election politics, but can redefine our relationships to one another, as the dialogue propagates in the public sphere.

Take, for example, the statement that all three Republican candidates have been repeating, first noted by me from Mitt Romney in January: “The creator endowed us with unalienable rights — not the government.”

That God gives us “our rights” is quintessentially, rhetorically American apple pie. The truth I must simultaneously hold, to not deny my absolutely true family history and myself, is that it took the United States government, in the form of the Union Army in the 1860s, the Supreme Court in the 1950s, and hosts of brave people of all races and ethnicities who litigated and demonstrated and boycotted and otherwise lived out quiet lives of integrity and kindness and courage, for me and mine to realize the value God endowed us with.

To embrace “American exceptionalism” means I am not allowed to reflect for too long or out loud on the absolutely true genocide of Native Americans, perpetrated to make the physical space divinely set aside for “Christians” (sic). I am not allowed to connect the dots out loud of how the present disproportionate poverty and disease of Native Americans is a manifestation of that historical trauma.

I do believe God endowed each human with immeasurable value, as reflected in God’s sacrifice in giving the life of his only son (or so the story goes). But to say we are a country that collectively and daily and internationally reflects that spiritual truth I personally hang my life on is to me, well, a stretch.

It rents my soul to hear some of the current narratives of America. It also breathes life into my patriotism to review and debate the contradictory narratives of those rebel Americans who have made this a better country, yet still with so much further to go before these truths are absolutely and daily self-evident when we walk down each of America’s streets.

Or perhaps we will say in one voice, “Some of us have not, because we haven’t worked hard enough for it, or chose dependence over freedom.” Yet, I have not seen flawed character any more prevalently in the poor of this nation than I’ve seen in the wealthy of this nation. I would not choose to let my unrelated brothers and sisters go hungry any more than those FDR folks who decided that the elderly must not be cold and hungry amid our wealth.

We need each other.

It’s a great time to review that. We need each other to be the America we are so proud of saying we are. Interdependence, as well as individual initiative and creativity, makes us great. Because none of us can be great alone, and still have it be America.

I hope you will join me in voting for Measure C in our island of America that is Davis. While many of us could easily afford the time and the money of art, music or sports education, our community is richer because we still get to offer these to all of our children during the course of their school days. For those Davis children not privileged by an accident of birth, we still have school counselors at ratios with which crisis intervention and academic mentoring can (barely) occur.

We can be proud of what all Davis educators have produced in such seemingly endless lean years. At Davis High School, Principal Jacqueline Moore is walking out the best of what the cutting-edge, educational literature says makes for schools where increasing achievement and developmental wellness characterize the student population.

Moore has instituted Professional Learning Action Teams, reflecting the concept of having (educator) communities of ongoing learning and development on behalf of students. Each staff meeting features a professional development topic, reflecting gaps in the performance of the school’s mission.

You can always find a provocative article on creativity or bullying or the importance of sleep on her desk. Moore’s administrative team and counselors are reading together Carol Dweck’s landmark book, “Mindset,” on how students can internalize the labels we prematurely give them and thus stunt their growth as confident, aggressive learners.

During the principalships of Moore and now-Superintendent Winfred Roberson, the latest data indicate an increase in the Academic Performance Index at DHS of 39 points for Latino students, 46 points for the socioeconomically disadvantaged, 27 points for English learners and 49 points for students with disabilities.

The Student Forum, an idea that emerged from the Race and Social Justice History class, serves as a student advisory board to adults responsible for athletics, administration and other activities. The excellent Davis Bridge Foundation, under the selfless leadership of Janet Boulware and others, is now at DHS.

Those of us who own property in Davis know what an incredible investment in our real estate value Measure C is. We need each other to succeed, though we could purchase a much shallower, more tenuous success for our individual children. We depend on each child’s potential being nurtured in the diversity of ways that reflects their varying talents and interests. That meta-narrative of interdependence is what holds us together as a nation and as a community.

— Jann Murray-García, M.D., M.P.H., is a Davis parent and pediatrician. She shares this monthly column with Jonathan London. Reach her at jmurgar@comcast.net

Comments

comments

Jann L. Murray-Garcia

.

News

UCD’s Tercero hopes for platinum LEED certification

By Dave Jones | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Relief, gratitude follow Marsh guilty verdict

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Janet Wagner bids farewell to Sutter Davis

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Nolan says he’ll keep an open mind

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Common Core: A new way to learn

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Standing In: Facing my fears in Oregon (and barely surviving)

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A2

A welcome challenge

By Enterprise staff | From Page: C2

 
For the record

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

Cool Davis: working on local solutions to global warming

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: C2

 
More rain dampens huge California wildfire

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Brown vetoes $100 million boost for UC, Cal State

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Learn about elections at Connections Café

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

All voices welcome at Oct. 1 sing-along

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Meet Poppenga for coffee on Sunday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Locals invited to join worldwide LDS conference

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

 
Bucks for Ducks raises funds for Yolo Basin Foundation

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

A winning combination: video games + science

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Word association: What comes to mind when you hear the word Davis?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: C3 | Gallery

Public invited to free summit on aging

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Snapshot: The art of the matter

By Enterprise staff | From Page: C3

Nursery school plans rummage sale

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Yolo Hospice offers support through the grieving process

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Three microbreweries featured at Rotary Oktoberfest

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Eernisse, Partida honored as Women of the Year

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Museum wants your old Davis High School yearbooks

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Davis Community Meals needs cooks

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Study examines why mail ballots are rejected

By Jeffrey Day | From Page: A5

Gold STARS for UCD’s West Village

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Project Linus seeks donations

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Homecoming fun is no myth

By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Students invited to apply for Blue & White grants

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Volunteers sought to make veggie bags

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Where did Common Core standards come from?

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A6

Farm to Fork movement thrives locally

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: C6 | Gallery

 
Maher replaces Wagner as Sutter Davis CEO

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A7

The ‘condensed’ version

By Dave Jones | From Page: A8

 
Snapshot: Recycling made easy

By Enterprise staff | From Page: C9

 
Mike Nolan, at a glance

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A9

Snapshot: Science is fun at Explorit

By Enterprise staff | From Page: C11

 
Davis residents benefit from active service organizations

By Rachel Uda | From Page: C12 | Gallery

Davis Media Access brings community TV, radio

By Autumn Labbe-Renault | From Page: C14 | Gallery

 
Snapshot: Ban the bag

By Enterprise staff | From Page: C16

 
.

Forum

She just wants to get married

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Monte Wolverton cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A12

When does she graduate from home?

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A14

 
I return to the mountains and memories of Mom

By Marion Franck | From Page: A14

There’s no pill to get younger

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A14

 
Love comes in all colors — and yes, even in black

By Debra DeAngelo | From Page: A14

Archer, Adams best qualified

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A16

 
And another academic year begins …

By Our View | From Page: A16

They’re consensus-builders

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A16Comments are off for this post

 
Sunder for school board

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A17

Spacious mothering revisited

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A17 | Gallery

 
At the Pond: Thanks, activists

By Jean Jackman | From Page: A18 | Gallery

 
.

Sports

 
Walker draws coaches’ praise after solid performance

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Tale of two halves does in UC Davis, 37-14

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Elk Grove spoils DHS football Homecoming

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Depth comes through for Blue Devil harriers at Stanford

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Elk Grove overwhelms Devil JV footballers

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B3

 
UCD roundup: Scoreless ties for both Aggie soccer teams

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
.

Features

.

Arts

.

Business

 
New sick leave law: Don’t worry; you’ll feel better

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13

Stocks end rocky week with a surge

By The Associated Press | From Page: A15

 
Activist investor pushes Yahoo to buy rival AOL

By The Associated Press | From Page: A15

 
.

Obituaries

Michael Allen Hanks Baxter

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, September 28, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B8