Article: How Scared Should People on the Border Be?

[This personal account is written with such clarity and feeling, such honesty and perspective. It is long but well worth reading in its entirety.] How Scared Should People on the Border Be? By DOMINGO MARTINEZ New York Times March 31, 2017  BROWNSVILLE, TEX. — The news here on the border with Mexico travels fast. Most of…

From the mouths of kids…

Nov. 10, 2016 “A good respite from the day after the election was the visit of Alex Myteberi. The six-year-old boy from New York had written a letter to President Obama after seeing a heart-breaking photograph of Syrian refugee Omran Daqneesh sitting silently in an ambulance, covered in blood and dust, after an air strike…

Article: The Spanish Lesson I Never Got at School

[This is what I see in students every day — an erasure of their language, skills, history. As a white woman lauded for being bilingual, I preach the value of bilingualism to students I encounter but I’m one small voice against a tidal wave of policies, tweeted vitriol, and ignorance. Today students wrote notes to…

Article: Waking Up to Shorter Commutes

[Ok so I’m having a nerdy this-blog-is-also-about-buses moment again. Here in MA we have several interesting ballot proposals. None of them cover transportation, however, which might be too bad given the woes we face. The $200 billion on the table for transportation improvements through ballot measures won’t benefit the MBTA but I’d be happy to…

Article: Nudges That Help Struggling Students Succeed

[My complaint with Dweck well explained: “Let’s be clear — these brief interventions aren’t a silver bullet, a quick-and-easy way to transform K-12 education. While they can complement good educational practice, they are no substitute for quality in the classroom. Students who come to see themselves as the masters of their own destiny can take advantage…

Article: Refugees Encounter a Foreign Word: Welcome

[This reminds me of the little non-profit in Baltimore that I’m clearly becoming obsessed with, aka Thread. What happens when we open our doors to “others”? When we are integrated, our lives entwined, it seems like it is easier to care for other humans and build humane policies. However, this article documents a Canadian program…

Article: ‘Only White People,’ Said the Little Girl

[“The goal is for him to be confident, keen, yet still open-minded about those around him — a goal many adults are still striving for.” Striving indeed. Either way, the loss of childhood charted here should be added to the chronicle of grief and makes me wonder how I would explain, what I would do….

Article: The Power of a Dinner Table

[How do we spend more time building real connections with other human beings instead of yelling at each other on twitter? How do we solve issues of inequality? How do we help people thrive? Maybe it is by having dinner together. Plus this reminds me of Thread.] The Power of a Dinner Table David Brooks, New…

Article: Why It’s Never Too Late To Rescue Failing Students

[Still obsessed with this organization, though “rescue” can be a tricky verb. The savior complex is alive and well and the mentors get a lot out of this too, which this article doesn’t recognize as much as the other one I posted. Still, gets me back to wondering what it would look like to do…

Article: The 400,000 Latino Children Missing From the Census

[This very brief article calls to mind dissapearing — when people are missing, are not counted, not seen by the state, what is lost? In this case, Head Start (pre-k), WIC, and other social benefits funding. But also something more intangible is lost; the lives of these children are discounted when they go uncounted, dissapearing like…

Article: The Families That Can’t Afford Summer

[I recently took on the task of finding something for the boy who brings books on the bus something to do for the summer. I have a reasonable grasp of the options for 8th graders here but wasn’t sure about the 3rd grader-sized summer opportunities. So I started sleuthing. The first several stops on the…