“School houses do not teach themselves - piles of brick and mortar and machinery do not send out men. It is the trained, living human soul, cultivated and strengthened by long study and thought, that breathes the real breath of life into boys and girls and makes them human, whether they be black or white, Greek, Russian or American.”

W. E. B. Du Bois

 

March 2, 2017

I will never forget the look on the doctor's face as she listened to my eight-year-old discuss her skin concerns. Initially, our physician was talking to me, but as she explained that the growths on Elise’s arms were called molluscum contagiosum (a pox virus transmitte...

February 11, 2017

“History shows that it does not matter who is in power or what revolutionary forces take over the government, those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the...

February 3, 2017

It is preschool selection season ‘round these parts.  Parents of 4-(before September 1st) year olds are signing up for the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program (VPK).  The program is in such high demand that some schools boast waiting lists or hold lotteries to...

January 15, 2017

I have not reached the end of any conversations about homeschooling without receiving some variation of the socialization question.  It comes in many forms.  Won’t your children be sheltered and socially awkward?  How will they make any friends?  Don’t they need spend...

January 15, 2017

I was playing with my eldest daughter on the day that it happened. My husband, who was deployed at the time, sent me a racy-though-not-explicit message from half way around the world.  I read it, blushed, and quickly typed in my rebuttal.  Meanwhile, unbeknownst to me,...

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