Monthly Archives: March 2016

How far is too far?

After having a class discussion on tracking within schools it made me think of my own school, which was a tracked school. Immediately this tracking system and its effects bring to mind one particular classmate of mine. This student, who will … Continue reading

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NC’s School Turnaround Programs

The News and Observer recently ran an article titled Study of School ‘Turnaround’ Program Finds Declines, which analyzes efforts to improve struggling schools in North Carolina. Funded by a federal Race to the Top grant, the turnaround program is an … Continue reading

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A problem we all live with

I think often about Ruby Bridges, the first African American to attend an all-white public school in the South. She was so young, only six, and faced a mob of angry people threatening her safety all in the quest for … Continue reading

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To Track or Not to Track

Because my daughter is a gymnast, we spend the early months of the year travelling to gymnastics meets. This means many weekends spent in the car or on an airplane. And although my daughter might roll her high school eyes … Continue reading

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Could Finland School the U.S.?

A few weeks ago in the Politics of Reading we discussed the Finnish education system, which keeps coming up in the debate about the U.S. education system and how it can be improved.  Finland is widely acclaimed for being regularly … Continue reading

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An Observation…

When I was in high school I volunteered as a classroom helper in one of the local elementary schools within my county. Through this experience, I was able to observe lots of things, but one of the most problematic situations has … Continue reading

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The Lost Art of Creativity

I have been thinking a lot about what it really means to be creative lately. I am in a class focusing on Social Entrepreneurship, which is basically just a fancy way of talking about the Non-profit sector, and entrepreneurial or … Continue reading

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