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Get off that rail (and go find someone elses')

I'm not trying to be a crotchety old man, but back in my day...

Traceurs traveled a lot more. For national jams, for state jams, but also just to travel. Over the past year or so, I've noticed less and less of this. Sometimes traceurs won't even travel to the next town over, unless it's a big event (and even then).

I've identified a few reasons for this. A big one is that there simply isn't the need. It's the same reasons that Parkour forums aren't nearly as popular as they were four years ago. Why do you need to get online to talk about Parkour when you can just go outside with your friends and do it? Why should you drive an hour to train with people when you have your own community right here?

These are legitimate points. There was a time when I'd drive an hour to DC every weekend just to train with my friends there. I'd be there for 4 or 5 hours, then drive back. Factor in a teenagers sleep schedule, and there's a whole Saturday. I remember when it was a big deal to find out there were other people training in our town. What?? We don't have to drive all the way to DC just to train with other people!? Awesome!! (And then ALL of us would drive down to DC together...)

But it is still important to travel. Further than just your county, further than just your state. For reasons other than just National Jams. A friend of mine was recently interested in starting a Parkour gym, and came to me for advice. I wrote him a long letter, and the jist was that I was honestly concerned that he hadn't traveled enough.

What Has Become of Teach For America?

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Just a warning, many of my blog posts this summer will be revolving around the subject of education due to the fact I'll be a teacher intern for the next few months.

Teach For America. TFA. It's one of the most recognized post-college programs around the United States, definitely the most prestigious among educational organizations. It offers college graduates to serve at low-income community schools for two years in an attempt to reduce the achievement gap and offer an equal education to all.

Founded in 1989, the program boasts an acceptance rate (

Teach For America is fantastic (and that's an understatement). The students benefit greatly and it's perhaps the organization that has put education reform on the agenda. A few corps members of the first batch of Teach For America ended up founding YES Prep and KIPP, both expanding charter school programs.

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