School Talk

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

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

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

School Talk

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)

School Talk

We Deserve A Lot More From A Reporter—Perhaps It’s Time to Start an Opinion Column

Imagine my frustration when I saw a tweet the other morning from the education reporter at the Providence Journal asserting that, according to Education Week, Rhode Island had moved to 12th in the nation for “academic achievement.” It was obvious she had her facts wrong. When I challenged her false assertion on Twitter and via… Continue reading We Deserve A Lot More From A Reporter—Perhaps It’s Time to Start an Opinion Column