School Talk

Why Can’t Matt Damon Just Listen to Ricky Gervais?

Thank your agent, thank your God, and fuck off. Okay? When comedian Ricky Gervais took a flamethrower to the Golden Globes last night and called out the Hollywood elites for their hypocrisy and faux-wokeness, I immediately thought of Matt Damon. The father of four who shot to stardom after his lead role in Good Will Hunting has… Continue reading Why Can’t Matt Damon Just Listen to Ricky Gervais?

School Talk

This System Keeps Poor Kids Out

I was scrolling through Twitter this morning and noticed a thread by Mehrsa Baradaran being shared by lots of people I follow. I simultaneously nodded in agreement and shook my head in frustration as I read through the tweets that detailed her experience helping a student with college applications. Below is the entire thread: So… Continue reading This System Keeps Poor Kids Out

Mommy Mayhem

Gingerbread Houses Aren’t my Jam. And That’s Ok.

Every year at Christmas time, we moms really feel the pressure. Sure, we feel it during back-to-school season and in June when school is wrapping up but there is something unique about Christmas that moves us in the direction of trying to be someone that we’re not. In my case, this attempt to be someone… Continue reading Gingerbread Houses Aren’t my Jam. And That’s Ok.

School Talk

Physics Professor Goes Viral

Tis the season of giving but Physics professor David Wright seems to be in a giving mood all year round. A student of his at Virginia’s Tidewater Community College, where he’s been teaching since 1974, shared a video collage of his “passionate teaching methods” that has now been viewed 21 million times. Mr. Wright exudes… Continue reading Physics Professor Goes Viral

Rhode Island · School Talk

RI Commish Won’t Engage in Conversations That Don’t Center on Students

The Rhode Island Foundation hosted a huge education event today at the Convention Center called Make It Happen RI—Rhode Island’s Path to a World Class Public Education System, a brainstorming session to improve public education. Approximately three hundred people attended and they ranged from educators, students, parents, community and business leaders, union leaders, elected officials… Continue reading RI Commish Won’t Engage in Conversations That Don’t Center on Students

School Talk

Elizabeth Warren: Hey Parents, It’s Up To You to Fix Your Schools

Last night around 6 pm I became aware of an interview that Elizabeth Warren did a few weeks ago with the president of the National Education Association, one of the two teachers’ unions whose endorsement Democratic candidates grovel all over themselves in hope of getting. Enter Liz Warren, private school parent who thinks parents owe… Continue reading Elizabeth Warren: Hey Parents, It’s Up To You to Fix Your Schools

School Talk

Parents at Elizabeth Warren Rally Are Done Being Ignored and They’re Fighting Back

After what happened last night at Elizabeth Warren’s rally in Atlanta, Democrats might want to reconsider their strategy of attacking school choice. Black and brown parents, some who have been fighting chronically failing schools locally for decades, have had enough. A group of hundreds of mostly black parents —and grand parents and great grandparents —descended on Atlanta… Continue reading Parents at Elizabeth Warren Rally Are Done Being Ignored and They’re Fighting Back

School Talk

Rhode Island School Star Rating System Gives Unfair Advantage to Mostly White Affluent Schools

Rhode Island’s system for rating school quality by assigning them between one and five stars is fundamentally flawed. Why? It holds white affluent schools to a lower standard than schools that serve high numbers of low-income English language learners. One of the categories on which schools are judged only applies to some schools and they… Continue reading Rhode Island School Star Rating System Gives Unfair Advantage to Mostly White Affluent Schools

Rhode Island · School Talk

Star Rating System Totally Unfair to School Serving Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Nowell Leadership Academy is a school designed to serve students who are over-age, under-credited, and either pregnant or already parenting at least one child. They are students whose path to graduation was so rocky in the traditional school system that any chance of them graduating four years from the day they started 9th grade disappeared… Continue reading Star Rating System Totally Unfair to School Serving Pregnant and Parenting Teens

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In Defense of the 5 Minute Parent-Teacher Conference

I just got home from parent teacher conferences for my 7th grade son who attends our local middle school.  The conferences are only five minutes long, largely because the sheer number of students rotating through at least five teachers per day makes the scheduling of conferences difficult in logistical terms. The teachers’ contract adds to that… Continue reading In Defense of the 5 Minute Parent-Teacher Conference