Articles: The Upwardly Mobile Barista & College for the Masses

[These articles¬†make a good pair so I thought I’d share them with you simultaneously. The premise in the article from the Atlantic about Starbucks and Arizona State University is that Starbucks is helping employees pay for college. But the article makes it clear that the support goes well beyond the financial — “The research tells…

Riding the Bus with Students with Autism

A few months ago, while winter weather was still very much alive and well, I was asked to help out with a trip to the Museum of Science.¬†There is a “strand” at my school for students with autism. The middle school classroom has about nine students in it, with a head teacher, two paraprofessionals and…

Article: Schools Turn to Propane Buses as Stricter Emission Standards Loom

[This article makes me wonder about the emissions effect and noise pollution effect of putting all middle school students on the MBTA instead of yellow school buses, the policy decision that allowed this blog to flourish. Only students with IEPs that require transportation be provided get busses in middle and high school. While I wait…

Books on the Bus

“It was boring.” “Your entire school day was boring?” I asked. I’d launched into a conversation with the seventh grader waiting next to me at the bus stop after his friends all got on a different bus and he was left standing alone, staring at the rain. “Yeah I took a nap during meditation.” He…