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High School Teacher Placed on Leave for Comments About Student Walk-Outs

There is a teacher under fire in California and knowing what I know of her alleged “transgression”, I wish my own kids could be in her class. Julianne Benzel of Rocklin High School did what every teacher should be doing—especially in Social Studies—during a week of nationwide student protest. She pushed the thinking of her… Continue reading High School Teacher Placed on Leave for Comments About Student Walk-Outs

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Moms Weigh in On Student Walkouts

Students (and teachers) are walking out of school over the country today and it’s an understatement to say that parents and the country at large are not of one mind on how schools should handle this student activism. Some of us believe that civil disobedience requires “disobedience” and that freedom from consequences flies directly in… Continue reading Moms Weigh in On Student Walkouts

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Betsy, Let’s Do Better Next Time

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Rhode Island

Stop Hoarding Education and Embrace All Families

While it’s not totally surprising that some members on my own town council are hesitant to embrace or welcome the children of families who can’t afford a single family home, it is disappointing to hear them speak of children as nothing more than dollars and cents for the school system. But that’s what a few… Continue reading Stop Hoarding Education and Embrace All Families

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Snow Day! Who Cares if the Bread is Moldy?

There is something nostalgic about the excitement I feel—for a moment—when I receive the news that we have a snow day. And I felt it today when the calls, emails, and tweets came through that our schools were closed. Now, as someone who leaves all that should be done the night before to the morning… Continue reading Snow Day! Who Cares if the Bread is Moldy?

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Marco Rubio (Like Most of Us) May Need a Quick Refresher on 2014 Federal Guidance on School Discipline Before Assigning Blame

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Florida Teacher Outed for Secret Life as White Nationalist, Removed From Classroom

If people wonder what is contributing to the growing number of homeschoolers in America, a phenomenon we especially see growing in the Black community, stories like this should help them to understand. While I can’t imagine my three white children sitting in a classroom with a white nationalist , I can’t pretend to understand the… Continue reading Florida Teacher Outed for Secret Life as White Nationalist, Removed From Classroom

Rhode Island · School Talk

Providence Students React to Seeing Black Panther

Tufts Health Plan paid for 260 Providence high school students to attend a screening of the film Black Panther as part of the Black Panther Challenge. The challenge is a national movement that was organized to help urban youth see this film that represents their first opportunity to see a superhero movie with a cast… Continue reading Providence Students React to Seeing Black Panther

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Save It, Hollywood. You Profit Way Too Much From Gun Violence To Lecture the Rest of Us About It

While it’s true that we currently have no power at home and it’s cold and dark (though blissfully quiet I might add), I’m confident that my ornery feelings about the upcoming Oscars have nothing to do with the nor’easter and everything to do with the hypocrisy that will inevitably be front and center Sunday night.… Continue reading Save It, Hollywood. You Profit Way Too Much From Gun Violence To Lecture the Rest of Us About It

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

It’s Friday And The Moms Say What?

We are in the midst of a nor’easter and while many who live in other places are getting loads of snow, here in northern Rhode Island we are getting heavy rain and wind. Anyone who knows me well can likely predict that I am working and writing from home today, still in my pajamas, with… Continue reading It’s Friday And The Moms Say What?