These kids are so amazing. I’m so proud of them. I’m sorry, what? Is a 5th grade graduation really all that amazing? Are we really high-fiving and showering our kids with gifts because they finished 8th grade? There was a time when graduations were only for twelfth graders. I think I liked that better, truth… Continue reading No, They Aren’t Amazing Because They Finished 5th Grade
Today is Juneteenth and somehow, I never even heard about the significance of this day until I was over forty years old. My guess is that many Americans still have zero idea about the significance of June 19th—Juneteenth—but there will be celebrations around the country to honor this hugely important day in our nation’s history.… Continue reading Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom That My Teachers Never Talked About
The union voice is not my voice. The union’s fight is not my fight. -Mark Janus Public sector unions are no stranger to constitutional challenges but the imminent Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME just may change the game when it comes to free speech and agency fees or shared fees. Since 1977, union… Continue reading Janus: Countdown to Big Supreme Court Decision on Unions
Education writers and journalists seem to jump at the chance to write about school safety and scared parents when the story is school shootings and student activism around gun control but so many fail to demonstrate that same passion for safety when parents cite school vouchers or the larger concept of school choice as the… Continue reading Parents Value Safety. But Do Education Journalists? That Depends.
By Shawnta Barnes With the recent premiere of season two of Thirteen Reasons Why, a series based on a novel of the same name about a girl who died by suicide, and because Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdaindied by suicide last week, many discussions have taken place about how people who are struggling with the will to live can… Continue reading Mental Health Remains Stigmatized in the Black Community While Black Youth Continue to Die from Suicide
By Lane Wright Every state uses standardized tests to find out how students in public schools are doing. Federal law requires it. But why? And how do standardized tests actually help students? The short answer: Standardized tests are a spotlight that helps education leaders see what effect schools are having on students. With that information they can make changes to address students’ needs.… Continue reading Does Standardized Testing Help Students?
Happy Friday everyone! I celebrated my 45th birthday this week which explains my sudden appreciation for anti-aging products and my newfound commitment to Weight Watchers. Yup. For the very first time, I am a Weight Watchers member and I must say that even I am surprised at the discipline I’ve shown…for the past 13 days.… Continue reading Smart Moms on Roseanne, Mental Health, School Justice, Black Excellence and Celebration
The gripping teenage drama “Thirteen Reasons Why” is a Netflix original series and despite its rating of TV-MA (Mature Audience), pediatricians are weighing in with reports of elementary age students ‘binge watching’ the show. Healthychildren.org, a website that is directly linked to the American Academy of Pediatrics, has put together a list of Tips… Continue reading “Thirteen Reasons Why”: Tips for Parents from the American Academy of Pediatrics in Dealing with The Netflix Series.
Another school shooting means another news cycle of agreement that “enough is enough” but disagreement over what needs to change to stem the carnage we saw again, this time at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. Eighteen-year-old Andrew Schneidawind started the hashtag #IfIDieInASchoolShooting over the weekend in response to the latest school shooting… Continue reading Hashtags and Boycotts: Responses to the Shooting in Santa Fe, Texas
By Rusul Albrubail Last year, my friend Sharif El-Mekki wrote a piece entitled 4 Ways We Can Support Muslim Students During Ramadhan and Year-Round. For the next decade or so, the month of Ramadhan will fall during the school year and schools should include awareness and support during their yearly planning. Below you is a different… Continue reading How Teachers Can Support Fasting Students During Ramadhan