Rhode Island · School Talk

A Teacher and His Hats

I noticed on Facebook that David Upegui, a high school science teacher in Central Falls, Rhode Island, had developed an interesting ritual as a teacher now instructing from his home. So I asked him about it? Why the hats? When we asked students amass to switch their schooling experience and rely exclusively on virtual learning, we inadvertently asked… Continue reading A Teacher and His Hats

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

My So Called #QuarantineLife (Ch. 4)

We’ve been at this Quarantine Life now for more than two weeks and my state of Rhode Island found out today that remote learning will continue statewide through at least the end of April. I appreciate that my governor (Gina Raimondo) is taking it slower than the governors in states like Kansas, Virginia and Vermont… Continue reading My So Called #QuarantineLife (Ch. 4)

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

My So Called #QuarantineLife (Ch. 3)

Hope everyone who can is staying home. I sure am—we haven’t left our yard for ten days with the exception of a walk with the dogs and that was me getting away from everyone else for a little while. It wasn’t their fault—I was impatient and frustrated. The walk didn’t really work to cure my… Continue reading My So Called #QuarantineLife (Ch. 3)

Mommy Mayhem

My So-Called #QuarantineLife (Ch. 2)

We are closing in on our first full week of the #quarantinelife and as with most things, there is beauty and frustration to be found. The stolen hugs from my children throughout the day, the comfort wear and a dog to pet or play fetch with any time of day are blessings. And I am… Continue reading My So-Called #QuarantineLife (Ch. 2)

School Talk

Gina Raimondo: “Some Learning Is Better than No Learning.” Amen, Governor.

While some governors and district leaders seem ready to wave the white flag of surrender when it comes to student learning during the COVID-19 crisis, others are showing resolve to do the best we can for students and adjust as needed. Gina Raimondo is my governor here in Little Rhody and she refuses to engage… Continue reading Gina Raimondo: “Some Learning Is Better than No Learning.” Amen, Governor.

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

My So Called #QuarantineLife (Chapter 1)

Humor will be a vital part of the journey through this COVID-19 pandemic. In my case, much of that humor will emanate directly from my new reality being home with husband and three sons for the foreseeable future. I suspect many of you can relate. One of the ways I always tend to keep it… Continue reading My So Called #QuarantineLife (Chapter 1)

School Talk

Providence Teachers Union Has Demands But Still Has Not Answered These Questions

It is impossible to even ponder a successful turn-around of the Providence Schools System without major changes to the current teachers’ contract. The now notorious report out of Johns Hopkins was clear in its contention that the collective bargaining agreement plays a central role in the district’s dysfunction. Not the only role but a central role. The… Continue reading Providence Teachers Union Has Demands But Still Has Not Answered These Questions

Rhode Island · School Talk

Don’t Believe Union Leaders When They Say Student Safety is Their Priority—It Isn’t.

The teachers’ unions in Rhode Island are masters of manipulation and sometimes their default is to cite student safety as their top priority. The school committee in East Greenwich is contemplating a policy that would “enable parents to enter the classroom to make formal observations of their child in the learning environment.” Union reps are… Continue reading Don’t Believe Union Leaders When They Say Student Safety is Their Priority—It Isn’t.

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Randi Weingarten Headed to Providence to Pretend ‘It’s All About the Kids”

We knew it was only a matter of time until Randi Weingarten, the grand Pooh Bah of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), would come swooping in to Providence under the guise of “it’s for the kids.” And we were right—the Providence Teachers’ Union event today is literally called “It’s About Our Kids.” Weingarten is… Continue reading Randi Weingarten Headed to Providence to Pretend ‘It’s All About the Kids”

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Your Selective Outrage Is Very Unbecoming, Andrew

Former Tallahassee mayor and gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum apparently thinks that the traumatization of a 6-year-old child is the perfect weapon in his continued fight against charter school and educational freedom. He discovered that Kaia Rolle was taken in handcuffs from a charter school and reflexively and ran with it on Twitter because he isn’t… Continue reading Your Selective Outrage Is Very Unbecoming, Andrew