Movies I’m Weirdly Obsessed With: 10 Things I Hate About You

About fifteen years ago, I discovered 10 Things I Hate About You when it hit the basic cable rotation of non-stop replays on USA. As any good stock preteen character would do, I watched it ad nauseam and became majorly obsessed with it. Read More Movies I’m Weirdly Obsessed With: 10 Things I Hate About You

Mis-Education

I have always been a proud supporter of public education. I started my teaching career in 1997 and I passionately believed that if we all continued to work together, we could make the world better for our children and teach them tolerance and acceptance. I believed that the best and most innovative learning environment was the result of a great teacher with a devotion to working with children. The best place for children to learn these things was, naturally, in a public school with a diverse environment. Then in 2002, the 107th Congress enacted the No Child Left Behind Act, and everything changed. In 2003, I had my first son, and took some time away from teaching. Going back into the classroom in 2008, I still had that passion. I was visibly enthusiastic about all the ways I could help my students learn. Then my son went into first grade and I started to worry. Read More Mis-Education

Expat Ramblings: The Trouble with Immigrants

It’s been a busy week in the immigration debate that has been steadily gaining momentum in the UK over the last months. What started as a timidly-voiced fear of a Romanian and Bulgarian influx last year has now turned into the next big thing in electioneering. Everybody’s got something to say about immigrants, and most of it is scary. What’s missing is the loud voice of protest against the rhetoric almost all political parties are now using. Read More Expat Ramblings: The Trouble with Immigrants

Everything I Learned (About School), I Learned From ’90s Cartoons: “Recess”

Much like Animaniacs taught me about authority and control in the classroom, Recess prepared me for some of the social sorting and clique forming that happened directly outside of the classroom. Read More Everything I Learned (About School), I Learned From ’90s Cartoons: “Recess”

Women in Academia: School Spirit

I am going to be upfront with you: this post is completely inspired by March Madness and the recent basketball fun. We will attempt to get back to our sort of hard hitting posts in the future, but for right now, I was sort of interested in exploring connections to universities. After all, by the time most of us are done and settled into a career, we have been a part of three to five or so different institutions. How do we form connections to those institutions when we have so many ties and so often those ties are fleeting? Read More Women in Academia: School Spirit

Ask Dr. Laura vs. Ask Dr. Susan: it’s feminism that’s to blame for my kid’s bullying, right?

Once again, I’m going to be tackling some advice that Dr. Laura has given (taken from transcripts on her website), and look at it from a different, less awful perspective.

If you would like some similar not-awful advice, ask me! I am all-knowing. Except when I’m not. But mostly-knowing.

The question: “As a parent and a teacher (currently a stay-at-home-mom), how do I explain to a child when and how they should defend themselves when they are being harassed or physically hurt by another child? When I was teaching, there were several incidents in which a child trying to defend himself got in trouble (and the bully did too). How is that possibly fair? I just want to do the right thing and need your help.”

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