Because Eastside contains the International School, we were pleased to meet several students who have lived in other parts of the world: Sudan, Afghanistan, Congo, Palestine, Egypt. Some of these students spoke Arabic as their first language, and we met a number of Spanish-speaking students also. Our language today was limited to English, but we really appreciated students doing their best to understand our materials and to respond to the questions. Students helped each other.
For the Penny Poll, we added NASA as a separate category, breaking it out of the Military category, even though we realize that in the actual federal budget, some NASA funding, perhaps as much as 50%, comes from military-related appropriations. Our Penny Poll results today showed the highest priority for Health Care at 35% of the budget, followed by Education at 21%, NASA at 19%, the Environment at 13%, Military at 7% and Humanitarian Aid at 5%.
Most of the students I spoke with today said they plan to attend college and continue their studies in the sciences.
Following are some of the responses to the reflection question: