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

School Talk

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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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:

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

School Talk

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

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School Report Cards Are a Good Idea

Parents receive multiple report cards for their children during the course of the school year and the information is valuable, but limited. We get a sense of our child’s performance in each school subject and an indication of the number of days they’ve been tardy or absent, but this snapshot tells of how our own… Continue reading School Report Cards Are a Good Idea

Rhode Island · School Talk

Choice for Me But Not for Thee

Hypocrisy is the name of the game when it comes to elected officials, lobbyists, and influencers who oppose school choice with their votes, rhetoric, and campaign donations and then opt their own children out of the very school systems in which they work hard to trap everybody else’s children. The very people who drive policy… Continue reading Choice for Me But Not for Thee

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Elementary Music Teacher Arrested for Child Porn (He Has Taught in Florida, Massachusetts and Rhode Island)

I wish I could say that I’m surprised that a local elementary school teacher has been arrested for possession of child pornography. But I’m not. My heart goes out to the parents at the two elementary schools in North Providence where he teaches as well as to the staff at both schools. State police have… Continue reading Elementary Music Teacher Arrested for Child Porn (He Has Taught in Florida, Massachusetts and Rhode Island)