Rhode Island · School Talk

My Thoughts on Teacher Sick Outs and Unreasonable Demands in Warwick

I am lucky to have the opportunity to occasionally share what I know and think about local education issues on Dan Yorke’s radio and TV programs. I wrote about the situation in Warwick earlier in the week here and appeared on Dan Yorke State of Mind the next day. Since my appearance, a tentative agreement between… Continue reading My Thoughts on Teacher Sick Outs and Unreasonable Demands in Warwick

Rhode Island · School Talk

They May Live in the Poorest City in the State But #YesTheyCan

It’s always inspiring, not to mention remarkable, when students defy the odds and succeed despite the naysayers. Central Falls, Rhode Island is a poor community where 65 percent of its residents are Latino and it bears the nickname “The Comeback City” for good reason and one local charter school is a big part of that.… Continue reading They May Live in the Poorest City in the State But #YesTheyCan

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Judge Comes Down on Side of District and Grants Restraining Order

It is sad that a school district superintendent has to spend his day in court just to get his teachers to come to school, but that is the depressing story playing out in Warwick, Rhode Island. Here in the littlest state in the union we awoke to news that three more schools—elementary ones this time—would… Continue reading Judge Comes Down on Side of District and Grants Restraining Order

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Discomfort, Yes. Different Tests, Hell No.

Some kids are uncomfortable with reading To Kill a Mockingbird down in Biloxi, Mississippi. That’s a good thing. And an important part of the learning process, especially when it comes to understanding the uncomfortable truths around racial injustice in both the past and the present.  Just this week, the Lieutenant Governor —and candidate for Governor—Ralph… Continue reading Discomfort, Yes. Different Tests, Hell No.

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Matt Damon, Harvey Weinstein, and the Hunt for Good Schools

I named my blog Good School Hunting not because I’m necessarily a big fan of the actor Matt Damon but because I thought the Boston-based storyline of Damon’s debut movie, “Good Will Hunting,” suited a New England-based blog written by a mom who believes every kid deserves an awesome school. And I really did like… Continue reading Matt Damon, Harvey Weinstein, and the Hunt for Good Schools

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Hold Your Fire, People

The response isn’t to debate. The response is to silence. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer who caught my attention when she gave a talk about the danger of the single story and now she offers up more wisdom about our increasing inability to listen to one another and have robust… Continue reading Hold Your Fire, People

Rhode Island · School Talk

This Lawyer Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About When It Comes to Sexual Predators

Additional charges have been brought against Providence PE teacher, James Duffy, according to reporting by Dan McGowan and Walt Buteau of WPRI.  And he will have his day in court. But a recent statement by his attorney reveals a total lack of understanding  —ignorance, in face— when it comes to the abuse of children by… Continue reading This Lawyer Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About When It Comes to Sexual Predators

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“I was never hungry in Nigeria.”— Three NJ Teachers Risk Everything To Save Their Students

The Nigerian boys arrived in Paterson to win games, feed a local basketball machine and parlay their talents into a better life. When their world collapsed in scandal amid allegations of human trafficking and cheating, it took 3 teachers who risked everything to save them. “All right. Give me a hug and let’s get the hell out of… Continue reading “I was never hungry in Nigeria.”— Three NJ Teachers Risk Everything To Save Their Students

Massachusetts · School Talk

The Cat in the Hat Would Have Never Done That

Apparently no one ever taught the librarian at Cambridgeport Elementary School about basic manners and professional etiquette. Instead, upon receiving a box of Dr. Seuss books from First Lady Melania Trump, Liz Phipps Soeiro decided to do exactly the opposite of the right thing, that simple “thank you” we work to teach our children to say… Continue reading The Cat in the Hat Would Have Never Done That

Mommy Mayhem · School Talk

Back To School Night: The Best Parts and Why They Matter

While the start of the night wasn’t ideal as my only copy of my 7th grade son’s schedule was what he had scrawled onto a napkin with a highlighter, it ended up being really good and there is one simple reason: the teachers. Obviously I only got a snapshot of how they do things but… Continue reading Back To School Night: The Best Parts and Why They Matter