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“They Believed in Me”—Elijah Cummings on his Own Struggles in School

Our hearts broke a little today when we heard the sad and unexpected news of Representative Elijah Cummings’ death. His was always a unifying voice, a voice that reminded us that “we are better than this.” While countless media outlets predictably mangled their headlines about Cummings’ passing by making them about Trump, we all know… Continue reading “They Believed in Me”—Elijah Cummings on his Own Struggles in School

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Parents Say There’s Too Much Screen Time in Their Children’s Classrooms

The Wall Street Journal recently published a piece about the pushback from parents when it comes to the overuse of technology in their children’s classrooms. Obviously when a school district invests millions of dollars on technology in their schools, they are hesitant to validate the criticism, let alone walk back their decisions. But it is… Continue reading Parents Say There’s Too Much Screen Time in Their Children’s Classrooms

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Elizabeth Warren Doesn’t Trust Parents (Unless They Have Money)

Elizabeth Warren wants to batten down the hatches but unlike a ship captain who feels a duty to protect his passengers from an impending storm, Warren’s mission is to prevent them from escaping to safety—well, at least the poor ones. In her just released education plan, she isn’t throwing educational lifeboats to anybody who can’t pay—as… Continue reading Elizabeth Warren Doesn’t Trust Parents (Unless They Have Money)

Rhode Island

Providence City Councilor is Wrong to Defend Vandalism

Providence city councilwoman, Kat Kerwin, came out this morning and publicly said that she supports the recent vandalism of the Christopher Columbus statue in the city that she represents. She sees the destruction of public property as a form of civil disobedience—but only when it aligns with her world view or her opinion of what… Continue reading Providence City Councilor is Wrong to Defend Vandalism

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Student Who Tried to Take His Life: “I’m In A Better Place Now.”

When a young student of color is tormented in school to the point of suicide because of his sexual identity and ultimately finds acceptance at a private school, the silence on the left can be deafening. Rather than rejoice in the victory and resilience of a student who overcomes a living hell, status quo protectors… Continue reading Student Who Tried to Take His Life: “I’m In A Better Place Now.”

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Schools Cancel Halloween—Some Are Outraged (but I’m Not One of Them)

Some schools just outside Chicago have cancelled Halloween celebrations and parents aren’t having it. The reason given by school officials in Evanston, Illinois for the roll back of costumes and candy in school is a predictable one—it’s equity, of course. It has become a cult-like word in some education circles and the cause for endless… Continue reading Schools Cancel Halloween—Some Are Outraged (but I’m Not One of Them)

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Parents Do Care Even When They Can’t Make it to a 6pm Back-to-School Night

After wrapping up a busy week that included 4 evening school events in six nights, I had some thoughts and decided to share them:

Mommy Mayhem

Saying No to All These Made Up Days

No, I’m not doing this. That was my response to the social media pressure to post photos of my three sons in honor of the new made-up holiday—National Sons Day— that had Facebook and Instagram ablaze over the weekend. I can admit that I was tempted—but I decided to take a stand against all these… Continue reading Saying No to All These Made Up Days

Rhode Island

Guest Post: A Providence Teacher Weighs in on State Takeover

By Shannon McCloud I’ve written for Motif for a few years now, but this right here is by far the hardest piece I’ve ever tried to compose. You see when I’m not writing articles or reviewing theater, I’m teaching. I’m an English Language Arts teacher in a high school. A high school in Providence. And wow, do I… Continue reading Guest Post: A Providence Teacher Weighs in on State Takeover

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Got Ethics? Nope, Not in Rhode Island

While most of the media universe is all-in on the impeachment hysteria, there is something amiss in the Ocean State that should have us wondering if the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz has infiltrated our so-called Ethics Commission. Remember Scarecrow’s catchy song, ‘If I Only Had a Brain”? Well, that literal straw man looks… Continue reading Got Ethics? Nope, Not in Rhode Island