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Hold Your Fire, People

The response isn’t to debate. The response is to silence. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer who caught my attention when she gave a talk about the danger of the single story and now she offers up more wisdom about our increasing inability to listen to one another and have robust… Continue reading Hold Your Fire, People

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This Lawyer Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About When It Comes to Sexual Predators

Additional charges have been brought against Providence PE teacher, James Duffy, according to reporting by Dan McGowan and Walt Buteau of WPRI.  And he will have his day in court. But a recent statement by his attorney reveals a total lack of understanding  —ignorance, in face— when it comes to the abuse of children by… Continue reading This Lawyer Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About When It Comes to Sexual Predators

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“I was never hungry in Nigeria.”— Three NJ Teachers Risk Everything To Save Their Students

The Nigerian boys arrived in Paterson to win games, feed a local basketball machine and parlay their talents into a better life. When their world collapsed in scandal amid allegations of human trafficking and cheating, it took 3 teachers who risked everything to save them. “All right. Give me a hug and let’s get the hell out of… Continue reading “I was never hungry in Nigeria.”— Three NJ Teachers Risk Everything To Save Their Students

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Higher SAT scores no cause for celebration–fewer than half of test-takers are college ready

by Tracy Dell’Angela SAT scores are way up this year, the College Board reported this week. And that might be cause for celebration, if you wanted to ignore these three facts. The test is easier than it was a year ago. The achievement gap between students of different races and parental education levels is just as… Continue reading Higher SAT scores no cause for celebration–fewer than half of test-takers are college ready