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My Students Are More Than a Test Score

August 2, 2011
The brave sweating educators and parents at the rally were protesting a growing cancer on education – the bulbous growth in standardized testing. The politicians on both sides of the aisle are out of control on this one.
Lily Eskelsen's picture

Amidst U.S. Heatwave, a Lesson on Drought and Famine in the Horn of Africa

July 25, 2011
Our small steps alone will not solve the crisis, but actions suggested here help build compassion, connection, greater understanding of the world's challenges from a young age, and even cultivate creative problem solvers. Collective action builds momentum and benefits the U.S., too.
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Worldwide wrestling?

July 19, 2011
When you are struggling to keep the kids entertained during the summer, worrying about whether you actually remembered to take the sandwich out of the refrigerator and put it in your child's lunch box this morning, or engaging in a Worldwide Wrestling match to reapply sun screen on your child, the...
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How Medicaid helped me get my education and career on track

July 7, 2011
I was a student when my husband left me to care for our one year old by myself. I had to quit school and move back in with my mother to make it work. I used to work at a Coffee Bean just for the insurance, but the childcare costs were more than my hourly wage! I knew I had to go back to school if I...

Keep – Don’t Cut – CA Commission on Status of Women

June 21, 2011
No one would argue that former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had a passion for women’s . . . issues. But throughout his seven-year tenure, Arnold never made a serious and sustained effort to terminate the state’s Commission on the Status of Women. Let’s be real – it was sheer political...

Hope and Hypocrisy Under the Golden Arches

June 20, 2011
As advocates for deep change know, big success is often preceded by small incremental changes that may go unnoticed by the general public. It seems the effort to stop fast food companies from hawking toys to kids is gaining ground. I was watching Friday Night Lights recently (a great show if I don’...
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Child Care Cuts Would Affect Us All

June 17, 2011
This morning, like millions of other parents across the country, I dropped my daughter off at child care on my way to work. In choosing a licensed child care provider to care for her, I made certain assumptions about the standards that provider would be required to meet. And, probably like many...
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An ugly lesson for kids

June 3, 2011
Yesterday my family was proud to join other children and moms braving the 100 degree heat to hold a lemonade stand at the General Assembly raising money for education and other kids’ programs cut in the current budget proposal. Unfortunately, in addition to raising some much needed money for the...
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That's What I Am: Professional Wrestling, Bullying and Teachers

May 26, 2011
There are children today who have to remind themselves every day, “I’m a human being. That’s what I am.” They have to remind themselves because they are not treated like human beings with hearts and souls. They are tormented and frightened and threatened. And if we are human beings, we will make it stop.
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Kiss a Teacher

May 11, 2011
For political reasons, it seems to me, some high profile politicians have decided to make public school teachers the scapegoat for a bad economy (caused by Wall Street tycoons that got to keep their bonus billions for causing a global financial meltdown, by the way).
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