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
By Shawnta Barnes When it comes to movies, I’m a Netflix and chill kind of girl. I typically watch movies after all the spoilers have appeared online. My husband, on the other hand, wants to be in the movie theater the weekend a film is released. What typically happens is my husband goes to the… Continue reading We Need Wakandan Principles in Our Society Today
It’s Friday—yeah baby—but that means that I will spend much of my time later today searching frantically for all three of my son’s basketball uniforms. I think they’re washed and folded somewhere but figuring out which basket of clothes they may be hiding in is always an overwhelming challenge for me and since all… Continue reading Moms on a Super Bowl School, School Discipline, an Anti-Military Rant, a Reunion with Students, and, Ugh, Laundry!
By Shawnta Barnes Depending on when school districts returned from winter break in Indiana, they have already had 1-2 school cancellations due to inclement weather. Indiana students are required to attend school for 180 instructional days. When school is cancelled, districts have to grapple with the best plan of action to makeup the missed instructional… Continue reading Guest Post: MLK Day should not be used as a snow makeup day
Greetings from Chicago where I’m spending a long overdue couple days with my Ed Post colleagues. It was 70 degrees in my little state of Rhode Island and 25 degrees colder when I landed here in the Windy City. I really wish I had packed a jacket. While people’s TVs and news feeds are ablaze… Continue reading This Week with Moms-in-Ed
By Shawnta Barnes This year marks the 25th anniversary of World Mental Health Day. This day was founded by the World Federation for Mental Health and is celebrated on October 10 each year. This year’s theme is, “Mental health in the workplace.” Over the last few years, mindfulness and social emotional learning have become buzzwords in schools.… Continue reading Mental health matters not just for students, but for their teachers too
By Shawnta Barnes At the recent Citizen Education Blogger Training and Media Meet-up, titled “A Discussion of Education, the Media, and Our Communities in Washington D.C.”, there was a panel discussion on education, poverty, racial justice, and the media. Panelist Pat Brantley, CEO of Friendship Public Charter Schools, when speaking about parents exercising choice said, “Parents when… Continue reading We Strap Roller Skates on Their Feet and Push Parents Out the Door