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Movies

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.

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Perspectives

What I Learned While Trying to Learn a New Language

Hello, hallo, bonjour, buongiorno, epa, hola, and cześć!

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Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Welcome to Ladyblogland, where all the writing is above average.

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Your Favorite Teacher

Let’s talk about our favorite teachers. 

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Pop Culture

Saluting TV Teachers

This is Teacher Appreciation Week, and to celebrate, I am going to celebrate some of the best teachers to ever grace our television screens – at least as far as I’m concerned.

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Education in America

REPA II: Teachers Without Training

“You should be a teacher!” “No.”

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Education in America

Education in America: Cheating Scandals

I’m sure those of you that follow education have seen reports of cheating in DC, Atlanta, Florida and now possibly New Jersey. I’m not sure these will be the last reports we hear, either. A lot of the blame is falling on the teachers, even as principals and administrators are being implicated.

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Parenting

Wrapping Up the School Year by Saying Thank You

Schools throughout the Midwest are wrapping up this week, and even schools that started after Labor Day are counting down into the single digits (some of them, anyway). With all of the anticipation of summer, it can be easy to let the last few days of school fly by without a notice or acknowledgment of […]

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History

Badass Ladies of History: Jovita Idár

In the early 20th century, a teacher, a journalist, a nurse, an education reformer, and a political activist served the people of South Texas, teaching children who were shut out of public education, exposing law enforcement involvement in racial violence, organizing nurses for the Mexican Revolution, and protesting President Woodrow Wilson’s policies toward Mexico.

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Education in America

Education in America, pt 1: Mythbusting Monday

As we talked about last week, we’re going to be working on an on-going series about education in America.   It’s sure to be one of the hot-button topics this election, and there will be a lot of column inches devoted to our education policy.  Because this is America, and we love our soundbites and scapegoats, […]

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News

The American Public Education Crisis: Introduction

Education is a passionate topic for many of the Persephone team.  From the former and current teachers who write for us and comment to the Persephone parents to our American taxpayer readers, we’ve all got a stake in public education. There is no question that we need to work together as a nation to improve […]

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History

Badass Ladies of History: Ten Teachers Who Made the World Better

In researching this topic, what I found most interesting was how many searches for famous or notable teachers came up with a list of dead white men.   The only women listed in the first several lists I saw were Maria Montessori and Ayn Rand.  Since I know there are hundreds of remarkable women who taught […]