Monthly Archives: March 2011

Hitting Close to Home

On Monday, on the sidewalks I used to walk as an elementary schooler with a bob haircut and sparkly laced sneakers, I witnessed the Union Debate I’ve been contemplating over the past few weeks play out in my own home … Continue reading

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Secondhand Made Chic

3/22/11 Puddle hopping in a bright yellow raincoat, I made my way to this high-end looking store in Milwaukee’s hip Third Ward with my Mom. We braved the Spring Wisconsin storm during a lunch break from hours of lap top … Continue reading

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Kids Rule

3/15/11 Speaking of Utopian educational systems, I read this morning about a project in a Massachusetts school in which eight public high school students were essentially allowed to take complete charge of their education. The New York Times article “Let … Continue reading

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Unraveling the Union Debate

3/15/11 For over a week now I have wavered about how to go about writing this post. I have read about the chaos of my home state in headline after headline, and watched as pictures of the screaming protesters at … Continue reading

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Getting to the Core

3/13/11 Developed for use in 48 states, instrumental in Obama’s current Race to the Top program, and representative of yet another effort to restructure the American School System, the Common Core Standards offer expectations in the categories of language arts … Continue reading

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The All-American Ego

3/12/11 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/11/opinion/11brooks.html?_r=1&emc=eta1 What makes us so confident in America? Why, in a country where education is a hierarchy and we struggle (and arguably fail) to keep up with the rest of the world, do we still claim to be the … Continue reading

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Free Creativity

3/1/11 http://www.nytimes.com/pages/education/index.html Access to resources is key for those in the teaching industry. In a classroom filled with 35 rambunctious 8 year olds, a few extra packs of construction paper can make all of the difference. In a classroom filled … Continue reading

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