How does a child reach the point that they become a bully? Could the things our caregivers say and do, while well-intentioned, set the stage for bullying behavior to later surface?
Rarely am I at a loss for words, but in this case, with New York City attempting to remove 50 from my vocabulary, I can't think of anything more to say.
Going to school in New York lays a foundation that is four years stronger than even the most ambitious college grad could hope for.
The model for each student varies on their needs, and parents are encouraged to be active participants in their child's education. This program is determined to be the change in New York City. What's not to love?
A handful of his more experienced colleagues who had observed Baiz, both in the classroom and giving math presentations to the faculty, saw his potential and made a case for keeping him at the school; but Baiz was convinced that his days were numbered.
The NYPD has just released some startling numbers: five students are arrested on average each day in NYC public schools. In the period covered, 93 percent of those arrested were black or Latino and 75 percent were male.
Every vote is equal. The "afflicted" can catch up to the "comfortable." We just need to reform our 20th century, tired ideas -- and the leaders who perpetuate them.
What is happening is that the teaching profession will become the least desirable for any bright, capable and idealistic student which will result in the further intellectual impoverishment of public schools.
A recent speech by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg reveals how far from "getting it" public officials are in understanding what education is all about.
Why did it take me this long to find about the heretofore secret gospel? You know, the one where it says "On the eighth day, God created the billionaires and said, 'And they shall know all about education.'"
Here's my humble attempt to identify the best and the worst education news that occurred during the past 12 months.
It is time to hold Bloomberg and the DOE for failing our children and orphaning our schools. As Meryl Tisch recently made clear, if it is let up to the Bloomberg administration, "these kids don't have a shot."
In a few short months NCLB will have been part of the public policy landscape for 10 years. When it's birthday rolls around in January what should we celebrate?
Like most New Yorkers, my husband and I knew that finding an appropriate school for our son was not going to be a cakewalk. Negotiating the New York City school system is practically a rite of passage for parents who live here. But while most parents seek a school that satisfies traditional criteria such as high test scores and general academic achievement, I had an additional standard in mind as we explored nearly two dozen schools: I wanted to find a school for my son where he would would have peers and mentors who are black.
The same way sex education advocates acknowledge that not all teens will be abstinent and need to learn how to be safe, we need to acknowledge that not all teens are going to abstain from drug use.
As nice as it feels to get something right the first time, there's no lesson in it. The accomplishments you'll be most proud of in life will be hard-fought, full of setbacks, errors, and -- yes -- failure.