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Sometimes It Makes Sense to Take Recess Away

I support taking away my children’s favorite things as a consequence for bad behavior. At home, that may be Fortnite or access to their phone or time with friends. And at school, that may be recess—which makes perfect sense to me so I said so via Twitter and Facebook. I knew this was an unpopular… Continue reading Sometimes It Makes Sense to Take Recess Away

Massachusetts · School Talk

Connecting Kids’ Passions to the Work Force in Middle School? This CEO says Yes.

At what point should we really start working with kids to help them figure out how to know themselves, identify what they love to do, and figure out if that interest or passion could transfer into a skill that could become their life’s work? This is the question that Jean Eddy, CEO of American Student… Continue reading Connecting Kids’ Passions to the Work Force in Middle School? This CEO says Yes.

School Talk

Why Do We Accept Higher Expectations on the Field Than in the Classroom?

My really smart and brave friend from Tennessee, Vesia Hawkins, wrote a thought-provoking piece about how all in parents and families are when it comes to youth football and she wonders if those same families show an equal level of engagement and commitment when it comes to their children’s literacy and numeracy. As the mom… Continue reading Why Do We Accept Higher Expectations on the Field Than in the Classroom?

School Talk

Barbara Mullen: Why We owe It to Our Students to Take Off Our Masks

We Wear the Mask BY PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,— This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with myriad subtleties. Why should the world be over-wise, In counting all our tears and… Continue reading Barbara Mullen: Why We owe It to Our Students to Take Off Our Masks

Connecticut · School Talk

Seats Sit Empty While Black and Brown Students Are Turned Away

Children in the state of Connecticut are being denied access to schools that have plenty of room for them because of the color of their skin. Yup, that’s right. Available seats in the magnet schools of Hartford—and beyond— sit empty despite long waitlists for admission. And this denial of opportunity is happening in the name… Continue reading Seats Sit Empty While Black and Brown Students Are Turned Away

School Talk

Yes on Gun Ban, No on School Closures in Extreme Heat

I never thought we’d be debating whether or not it is more likely that a child die in school from heat stroke or from an active shooter, but that was part of the conversation happening in Rhode Island this week when 2 school related debates took center stage on the same day. Rhode Island was… Continue reading Yes on Gun Ban, No on School Closures in Extreme Heat