Month: August 2017

In October 1980, I was 10 years old. I lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended the now-shuttered 38th Street School. At that time, the slide from middle-class neighborhood to decrepit ghetto had just begun. I was a white face amid a sea of African-American students. I can recall one, two or three white companions, but
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Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane on Aug. 25, has destroyed many towns along the Gulf Coast, dumping massive amounts rain over Texas and Louisiana. While the storm may have left, flooding continues—and thousands of lives have been devastated, including the many members of the National Education Association union
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Every year during the last few weeks of summer, I’m hit with a series of unsettling school-related anxiety dreams. The most notable one features me having a full-blown panic attack when I discover that I somehow never actually attended my math class and, as a result, won’t be able to graduate college. Despite the fact
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Across the country, kids are donning backpacks and making the journey back to school, but for children in the path of Hurricane Harvey, lockers and lunchrooms have been forgotten amid the reality of evacuation boats and emergency relief supplies. Students in Houston public schools who were scheduled to start classes Monday won’t go back to
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Whether jumping through sprinklers at city parks, chasing soccer balls at camp, or kayaking with family, the quintessential childhood summer is filled with physical activity. Fortunately, summer programming has often reflected that kids need to get outdoors, use their bodies, play, and socialize. What’s troubling is what happens during the other 10 months of the
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Back-to-school shopping can be a trying experience for parents, but this mom and comedian is fed up with the complaining. New Jersey-based Dena Blizzard posted a funny video rant while walking through her local Target.  “I’ve been noticing lately that when people are doing their back-to-school shopping, everybody’s complaining,” she said in the video. “And my thing
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Since Rutgers played Princeton in the first college football game back in 1869, college athletes have been splitting time between the classroom and contests on the field or at an indoor facility. And since the 1860s, such players in college, and even high school, have had to labor under the label “dumb jock.” This generally
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Summer is waning, and college students across America are gearing up for the new semester. While many will stress over course schedules, dorm arrangements and textbook costs, it’s worthwhile to take a breather and remind yourself of some of your big picture goals as a college student. Here’s a to-do list for those who want
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No, white supremacists did not march through the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). No, there was no violence on the streets of Anchorage like what happened in Charlottesville. Nevertheless, what happened at UAA over the past two weeks suggest that racism and white supremacy are winning on our campus, too. You see, racism and white
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Ah, college: the parties, the relative lack of responsibility, the lasting friendships, the dorm rooms. But even if you long for your college days, you might not necessarily miss having your belongings stuffed into plastic bins beneath a lifted, just-barely-comfortable-enough twin bed that’s shoved up against a bare concrete block wall.  These days, though, it’s
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One student was orphaned during the summer after freshman year, and relies on the school’s food pantry and clothes closet. Another struggles with math, and wouldn’t graduate without a lunchtime tutor. A third is a first-generation American—a brilliant student in her advanced classes, but stressed out and stretched thin. All of them cherish the support
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Teachers are alternately characterized in modern culture as “those who can’t do” and as indispensable key players in the building of a better America. In the days of one-room schoolhouses teachers were viewed as not only educational leaders, but also the cornerstones of every neighborhood and community. As schools grew into school systems the role
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An education in art can be a wonderful thing. But if we’re being real, it also fosters a weird environment, full of pretentious kids who think they’re the next Dali. It doesn’t matter if you’re studying film, writing, painting, or design, the arts attract a motley crew of people, all of whom believe they’re the
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Netflix subscribers may have already heard the news ― Disney is going to pull their content from the online media empire, and start a streaming subscription service of their own. This is nothing new, but just a further trend that has been steadily developing ever since online streaming library business showed promise. If you want
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