A powerful letter: Would I die for my students?

Do read this: The eloquence of a pedagogue! A response to arming teachers.     Dear every elected official, Nowhere in my contract does it state that if the need arises, I have to shield students from gunfire with my own body. If it did, I wouldn't have signed it. I love my job. I … Continue reading A powerful letter: Would I die for my students?


How Concentrated Disadvantage Harms Children

  Here is a little[or a lot] of "food for thought":   Americans, by and large, live next door to people of the same race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Residential segregation by race remains high despite declines over the past several decades, and segregation by income is on the rise. Segregation by race or ethnicity and … Continue reading How Concentrated Disadvantage Harms Children

Boomerang Kids Who DROP OUT of College: What’s Next?

 Telephone  conversation: Kid:          "Mom, Dad! I'm coming home!" Parents:     "What, for Spring or Winter Recess?" Kid:        "I'm dropping out. I've quit school!" As parents, this is YOUR child talking to you, and you're in a state of shock and in absolute disbelief. How could he or she? After all the money we had saved, already spent and still … Continue reading Boomerang Kids Who DROP OUT of College: What’s Next?


The New York Times' Race/Related series published an interestingly thought-provoking article this week to focus and highlight a select group of college-bound high school students whose backgrounds and aspirations are as diverse as each individual.  Each featured student demonstrates the power of both resilience and determination in influencing life trajectory and all presented through spoken word … Continue reading “TO WHOM IT SHOULD CONCERN:”