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Schools as “Zoos.”

Dec 8, 2017 by

When critics of our public schools call them a “zoo”, they think their description is fair and accurate. It is not. They...

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Paid Parental Leave/ Labor and...

Dec 4, 2017 by

It costs them nothing to call it a “business decision”, so that’s what they do. Nothing personal, they’re...

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Gift-Aversion Admonition

Nov 28, 2017 by

It being the gift-giving season, it is high-time for the annual ritualistic Department of Education memo in which that Agency, frugal...

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A Mug’s Game: Student Pe...

Nov 28, 2017 by

If I had to choose just one person in history, famous or not, dead or alive, to meet in person, I know who’d I’d choose. ...

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DOE’s Gift-Aversion Comm...

Nov 25, 2017 by

It being the gift-giving season, it is high-time for the annual ritualistic Department of Education memo in which that Agency, frugal...

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Thanksgiving Day!

Nov 18, 2017 by

Of all “major” holidays, Thanksgiving Day has the least potential for being irksome, guilty of identity protectionism or...

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Teachers/Students/ Zadroga Act...

Nov 14, 2017 by

Branded in the memory of all who visited, worked or lived in Lower Manhattan in the wake of the World Trade Center mass murders, is...

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Death of Child ( Allergic Shoc...

Nov 13, 2017 by

A three-year old boy, allergic to dairy products, recently died after he ate a cheese sandwich at a private child care center that...

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Unions and the Janus Monster

Nov 6, 2017 by

If the US Supreme Court ruling in the Janus case goes as feared next spring, we will be a “right-to-work” nation, which...

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Unions/ Humanitarian Intervent...

Nov 5, 2017 by

“First Responder” is not only a job description. It can be a state of mind and a way of life.  Readiness to be a hero is...

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Public and Catholic Schools: N...

Oct 31, 2017 by

After a seemingly endless wait of many years, even longer in psychological time, anguished without respite and deeply scarred in...

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Tofu Roadkill in Schools?

Oct 27, 2017 by

The Department of Education, bursting at the seams with its compulsively conceived innovations, has established a pilot program of...

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The Thorniest Subject

Oct 24, 2017 by

What is the thorniest subject to teach in schools these days?  It used to be called “hygiene.”  I dare not imagine to...

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Public Schools Value All Stude...

Oct 23, 2017 by

It may sound simplistic but it’s really very simple. As public school educators we embrace children from all the world and they...

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Speak American!

Oct 23, 2017 by

A New Jersey high school teacher recently caught hell because on one occasion, while she was teaching, she thoughtlessly admonished...

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Job Title Role Playing

Oct 17, 2017 by

Safety agents and parent coordinators, two vital positions whose holders must be independent of the principle’s absolute...

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Homeless Kids: Public and Char...

Oct 16, 2017 by

The number of homeless students now attending New York City schools exceeds the population of many good-sized towns. Given the...

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Fan Kick Furor

Oct 12, 2017 by

Remembrances of Things Past and Ulysses are books that are thicker than big city phone directories. But they are slender volumes in...

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School Ratings Madness

Oct 5, 2017 by

The Daily News’s recent publication of the U.S. News and World Report rankings of New York City high schools provides useful...

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Blood And Mercy: Death of a St...

Oct 2, 2017 by

It was an unmitigated tragedy with mitigating circumstances. The bisexual teen, tormented mercilessly for a third of his lifetime,...

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