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Today

Hi40° Mostly Cloudy

Tonight

Lo31° Patchy Fog

Monday

Hi40° Patchy Fog then Sunny

Monday Night

Lo30° Patchy Fog

Tuesday

Hi41° Patchy Fog then Partly Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo31° Patchy Fog

Wednesday

Hi44° Patchy Fog

Wednesday Night

Lo34° Slight Chance Rain

Thursday

Hi49° Partly Sunny

Thursday Night

Lo33° Mostly Cloudy

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Nothing much changed. I saw it when I happened to drive by recently. The asphalt playground, the beige stucco walls, the chain-link fence, the classroom of the big rug and many windows, it was all there. This was where I went to kindergarten, the school down the street, on the busy corner, where we 5-year-olds of the neighborhood were brought together for our first lessons in social interaction.

Now they call it “early childhood education.” We just called it school, but it had the desired effect. We learned how to get along, who was good, who was not, what could and could not be done and remain in good standing. We learned to listen to the teacher, to be still and quiet when appropriate, or loud and boisterous when given permission. We made friends. We were exposed to piles of books we found could be much more interesting and entertaining once we learned to decipher the text. We saw words and numbers on cards the teacher held up, and soon determined that learning about them would make everything better and easier.

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