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…

“VoteforDonaldTrump?”

On my way home from work yesterday I participated in a poll conducted by one of the youngest pollsters in America. I was on my bike, trying to push through the thick August heat. My route home passes several playgrounds and basketball courts and I usually look over to see kids and teens and even…

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…

Grief

Barbara Kingsolver has been one of my favorite authors for many years now. I first read her work in high school, Animal Dreams and The Poisonwood Bible shaping my sense of her as an author. Then there was a recent summer where I read three of her books in a row. She comes from the…

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…

“I brought a book!”

“I brought a book!” he said proudly, small smile beaming. “That’s great! Do you want to read it now or when we get on the bus?” “Now…” he responded a little sheepishly. So my new favorite kid plopped down on the bench next to me, pulled a book out of his backpack and I began…