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…

Article: Money, Race and Success: How Your School District Compares

[This article got a lot of attention when it was published (at least among the folks I’m friends with on facebook and in real life). The subtitle says it best, “Sixth graders in the richest school districts are four grade levels ahead of children in the poorest districts.” The charts are beautiful, as my friend…

Article: Why America’s Schools Have A Money Problem

[Check out where you live. Where I grew up is an island of grey in a sea of orange. Where I teach is a little too small on the map to really discern the details. But the phenomenon certainly applies, with school districts in close proximity that have vastly different per pupil expenditure. This article…

Article: Summer Jobs for All City High School Students

[I couldn’t agree more. One of my priorities is matching students with summer opportunities, which in 8th grade often doesn’t mean paid work (much to my students frustration). My summer experiences in high school (mostly babysitting, but also other opportunities) gave me confidence, experience, responsibility, independence, and, of course, money. These positions mostly appeared through…

Article: For Vulnerable Teenagers, a Web of Support

[One of the things circling in my head lately is the organization profiled here. What would it look like to commit to a kid like this? I’ve heard an adult at my school commit to a student for the long-haul, unconditional support, but it kind of was conditional. The student is headed to private school and,…

Article: Black America and the Class Divide

[Du Bois and his “Talented Tenth” circulate in my head with surprising frequency. When I consider my students and their futures, the idea of a class of leaders among African Americans rings in my ears. One of the goals at my school is to send select students beyond the top public schools to the region’s top parochial and independent…

Article: Your School Shapes How You Think About Inequality

[This article resonates with me in two ways. First, as I continue trying to guide my 8th graders through the high school application process, we confront questions of diversity and integration. There are no white students in the 8th grade at my school, so students who choose to go to exam schools, Catholic schools, private…