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Lessons from a refrigerator magnet


Around our house, mornings are a little chaotic.

My wife and I get up, we get our son and our oldest daughter ready and rush them out the door for school – the same as most families with kids. And when they do something great in school, whether it’s a drawing or a little note, we scoop them up and rush them over to a special place on the wall where they can hang their work, front and center. (Other families use their refrigerator, but it’s the same idea).

There’s a good reason: School is number one in the Newsom house, and I want my kids to know how important it is to do fridge-worthy work in school – even if they’re only three and four!

Because in today’s competitive, high-tech economy, a good education is a path for a better life and a brighter future. If my two daughters and my son are going to get ahead when they get older, they’re going to need a rock-solid foundation that gets them through college and beyond.

That’s probably why when I call my dad this weekend to wish him a happy Father’s Day, the first thing he’ll want to know is how his grand kids are doing and how they’re doing in school.

As Lieutenant Governor, I’m working to help make sure that everyone in California has a chance to get an education that helps prepare them for life. And it isn’t just important to individuals trying to get ahead. It’s important to all of us, because a well-educated workforce makes us more competitive as we fight to attract new jobs and new investments in the state.

We’ve got a big job ahead, but it’s important. You might even say it’s fridge-worthy.

Happy Father’s Day weekend!


Posted on June 15, 2014.

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