School Talk

Now You Care About the Other Kids? Come on, Val

Valerie Strauss is well known for her education writing at Answer Sheet in the Washington Post. She writes with a an anti-reform bias, that she makes no effort to hide, and like most education minded folks this week, she decided to weigh in on the opening of LeBron James’ school in Akron, Ohio. One would… Continue reading Now You Care About the Other Kids? Come on, Val

School Talk

If Your Biggest Problem Is Daddy Ball, You’re the Lucky One

If there’s one thing that gets today’s parents upset, it is when they think that their child isn’t getting the playing time they deserve on a team. There are all sorts of reasons for this “injustice,” not the least of which is when the coach plays his own son or daughter over players that are… Continue reading If Your Biggest Problem Is Daddy Ball, You’re the Lucky One

School Talk

Huge Disconnect Between Parents and Teachers on Value (and Danger!) of Digital Devices

I was folding laundry (what else is new?) and had the TV on in the background when a segment on the show Full Measure with Sharyl Attkison came on that caught my attention. The segment was called “Digital Impact” and its focus was on the huge disconnect between how parents and teachers view digital devices.  … Continue reading Huge Disconnect Between Parents and Teachers on Value (and Danger!) of Digital Devices

Rhode Island

We Have a Problem With Fractions

When Dan Yorke (of Dan Yorke State of Mind) asked Ken Wagner, Rhode Island’s Education Commissioner, about our math scores being “in the dumper,” Wagner replied with one simple explanation: “We have a problem with fractions.” And it was clear from the conversation that the problem isn’t limited to our students but extends to the… Continue reading We Have a Problem With Fractions

Rhode Island · School Talk

Governor Raimondo Must Take the Lead in Acknowledging that Way Too Many RI Students are Graduating Unprepared for College

In September, CCRI reported a 47 percent jump in its enrollment of full-time students who have just graduated high school, a boost that the college attributed to the promise of two years of free tuition. But the college later acknowledged that only a fraction of those students were on track to graduate in two years.… Continue reading Governor Raimondo Must Take the Lead in Acknowledging that Way Too Many RI Students are Graduating Unprepared for College

School Talk

Former Camden Supe Adds Nuance and Wisdom to School Discipline, Restorative Justice Debate

As everyone who closely follows education policy knows, discipline is a hot issue and has been for a while. As the data consistently shows, there are concerning disparities in suspensions and overall consequences for black and brown students when compared with white students.  But the conversation, in typical 2018 style, has devolved into an assuming… Continue reading Former Camden Supe Adds Nuance and Wisdom to School Discipline, Restorative Justice Debate

School Talk

Meet the High School Dean Who is Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Students (Many of Whom See Themselves in Her)

We often talk about the importance and value of students being able to see themselves in their teachers and the other adults they see every day at school—and that includes LGBTQ students. What a gift to have this Dean who has already lived through what the LGBTQ students in her building are likely experiencing themselves.… Continue reading Meet the High School Dean Who is Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Students (Many of Whom See Themselves in Her)

School Talk

As a Former Member of Two Teachers’ Unions, I Celebrate the Janus Decision

While people scream from the rooftops about how wrong and unfair the Janus ruling is, let’s pause for a moment and at least acknowledge that, in the context of the teachers’ unions, almost no one is even talking about what’s best for kids in any of their passion filled proclamations about the destruction of the… Continue reading As a Former Member of Two Teachers’ Unions, I Celebrate the Janus Decision

School Talk

A Mother’s Story About Bullying

The writer of this story is a Rhode Island mother who has requested to remain anonymous. Given the sensitive nature of the topic, Good School Hunting has decided to honor that request.  The minute your child is born you form a protective bubble. You don’t want anyone to hurt them and if you are like… Continue reading A Mother’s Story About Bullying

Rhode Island · School Talk

Mexico Brought This School Its First Valedictorian

There is something really special about any school’s first graduating class and the recent college signing day and subsequent graduation at Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) was no exception. Located in tiny little Rhode Island, this school bears the scars of political battles that were ultimately won because of courageous and relentless people who believe that… Continue reading Mexico Brought This School Its First Valedictorian