Mommy Mayhem · Planet Mom Radio · School Talk

Stop the Gloating, Honor People’s Personal Stories, Ugly Leggings and I Can’t Even With This Caterpillar Rash!

On this very rainy Tuesday (when, yet again, all baseball games will be cancelled and the pressure will be on for me to actually make dinner), Keri and I hit the airwaves with our sixth episode of Planet Mom Radio. We talk about the never-ending gloating going on over Question 2 in Massachusetts: you won,… Continue reading Stop the Gloating, Honor People’s Personal Stories, Ugly Leggings and I Can’t Even With This Caterpillar Rash!

School Talk

They Voted to Snub Her. We Celebrate Her.

It’s one thing to behave badly. It’s another thing to take an official vote in support of behaving badly but, lo and behold, that is precisely what the Massachusetts Teachers’ Association did last weekend at their annual meeting of delegates. And so a magnanimous gesture on the part of two retired delegates ended in a… Continue reading They Voted to Snub Her. We Celebrate Her.

School Talk

Planet Mom Radio: The Petty Party (and Happy Mother’s Day!)

In our latest episode, which we aptly named “The Petty Party” we talk about bad behavior of adults all around. As we often say, the fish rots from the head so it’s fitting that the worst behavior came from President Trump during the annual convening of all the Teachers of the Year in Washington, DC.… Continue reading Planet Mom Radio: The Petty Party (and Happy Mother’s Day!)

Massachusetts

Madeloni: Democracy Takes Time, Kids. You Poor Black and Brown Kids Are Just Going to Have to Wait

Massachusetts Teachers Association president Barbara Madeloni has her own convenient version of what a democracy is. And she believes that, in the name of democracy,  parents zoned to chronically under-performing schools just need to wait for better schools and she said exactly that on WBUR’s Radio Boston on October 19, 2015 in an interview with… Continue reading Madeloni: Democracy Takes Time, Kids. You Poor Black and Brown Kids Are Just Going to Have to Wait

Massachusetts

Propaganda and Politics on the First Day of School

When I think of being ready for day one of a school year, tables of political buttons and campaign propaganda isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But in Newton, Massachusetts this year, that’s what returning teachers found in their midst as they reunited after the summer. And there is something very wrong with… Continue reading Propaganda and Politics on the First Day of School

Massachusetts · School Talk

Madeloni Win Is Not a Win for Students

Barbara Madeloni, described as “fiery” by a Commonwealth Magazine piece headline, has won the re-election as president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and that is just not a good thing for kids. A quick skim of past and recent comments by Madeloni leave little hope that compromise, collaboration, or common ground will play any significant role in her continued… Continue reading Madeloni Win Is Not a Win for Students