The New Bootstraps: Are we blaming kids for their own hardship?

The first time I heard someone talk about "grit" and growth mindset in education, it was at the STEM Think Tank and Conference, a 3-day conference about the unique challenges and opportunities in teaching girls about science and technology. The speaker was an administrator and researcher at a prestigious, private, K-12 girls' school in suburban … Continue reading The New Bootstraps: Are we blaming kids for their own hardship?

No, School is Not a Personal Investment

Your money neither qualifies nor entitles you to make educational decisions. Schools are not a marketplace. You do not get to put money in and then make whimsical demands on what comes out. You want to call all the shots in exchange for your payment? Go to a frozen yogurt bar. At least that way you’re the only one who has to deal with your uninformed decisions.

Paying for Powdered Eggs When You Already Own Chickens

Trump has released his proposed FY 2018 Federal Budget, and - surprise, surprise - it's a disgrace. Government budgets are moral documents, making the priorities of a governing body plain for all to see. No matter what a politician may say during a campaign, you can tell what they actually care about by looking at what … Continue reading Paying for Powdered Eggs When You Already Own Chickens

Beyond Bathrooms: Supporting Transgender Students in Your School

This week, #45 rolled back federal protections that allowed transgender students to use school facilities in accordance with their gender identity. Now, 45 had said during his campaign that he was not interested in repealing Obama's executive order on this issue, but it appears that he was quite easily swayed by his cabinet. And even … Continue reading Beyond Bathrooms: Supporting Transgender Students in Your School

What Cosmos and a Dog Tell Us About Standardized Testing

I love science. Not just in the facebooky "I fucking looooove science, look at this crazy fangly fish!" way (although I totally do that, too). I love science the way my born-again friends love Jesus. I believe in science, I have faith in its reality and ability to enrich our lives, and I am dedicated to … Continue reading What Cosmos and a Dog Tell Us About Standardized Testing