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Home Economics: Give Mom a Little (Professional) Respect

Alyson Gounden Rock | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Alyson Gounden Rock

This Mother's Day, we can all do three things that will bolster mom's value and support gender equality. We can stop making throwaway negative comments about mothers. We can acknowledge that mothers do real work, and we can value that work more highly.

Why We Chose to Opt Out

Jason Endacott | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
Jason Endacott

Federal laws clearly give us the right as parents to guide the education of our children. While the Secretary of Education has recently pushed for changes to those laws in order to give corporations as much access to your child's data as any teacher or administrator has, he hasn't been able to take away our right to decide what's best for our child. Not yet anyway.

An Open Letter to Public School Teachers: We Apologize

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 06.07.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

Your profession has been vilified, scapegoated, mined for profit, and deprofessionalized. On behalf of graduates of public schools, parents of children in public schools, those who value public education and teachers unions, we apologize.

What If We Had a Test and Nobody Took It?

John Thompson | Posted 06.06.2014 | Education
John Thompson

In a rational world, the public school test prep season wouldn't heat up during the winter and the first of April wouldn't signify the beginning of th...

Do We Want Our Children to Believe 'Life Is a Test?'

Laurie Levy | Posted 05.18.2014 | Chicago
Laurie Levy

In a recent editorial, the Chicago Tribune asks, "Where is the harm in a child taking the ISAT?" The piece makes several interesting claims about why opting out of the test is a bad idea. I guess the Tribune thinks these parents don't have a case, but I'm not so sure that's true.

Opting Back In: Not As Peachy As it Seems for the Divorcée

Quenby Wilcox | Posted 04.21.2014 | Divorce
Quenby Wilcox

Why is it that when these women enter divorce courts, they and the contribution they have made to their family and husband's career is treated with such disregard and disdain by the courts?

Republicans Want Smaller Government? Opt-Out of Those Dirty Socialist Programs - What Is Stopping You?

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

We know the shutdown is not about fiscal responsibility. If it was, Republicans would not have run up the deficit under W by trillions of dollars with two unpaid wars, unpaid Medicare prescription plan, and the Bush tax cuts.

Kim Siegal: Lean In? Opt Out? All I Know Is I'm Dizzy

Kim Siegal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kim Siegal

Don't look at your neighbor and wonder. Know that your children will remember the time you spend with them, not without them, and make that time together count. Don't let momentary sadness cause you to regret your big decisions -- remember, there will always be trade-offs.

The No-Choice Generation

Janis Powers | Posted 10.26.2013 | Women
Janis Powers

I've had a high-powered career, been a stay-at-home mother and returned to the workforce. As I read the media coverage about the challenges of working women in America, I have to wonder what would have happened if Atalanta and Young John had reunited... and had a baby

How Organizations Can Take Advantage of Employees Who 'Opt Out'

Rose Stanley | Posted 10.22.2013 | Business
Rose Stanley

As Sylvia Ann Hewlett describes in her book, Off-Ramps and On-Ramps, many women are lost on re-entry, and companies miss the chance to leverage this talent pool.

Confessions of an 'Opt-Out Dad'

John McCormick | Posted 10.21.2013 | Parents
John McCormick

Will I regret having abandoned my first (and more lucrative) calling as a lawyer once my children are off to college? Will I still feel good about my decision to have a richer family life if the economy takes another plunge and our family's financial outlook grows decidedly poorer?

Planning a Career Break? Make Sure It's a Pause, Not a Dent

Joan Williams | Posted 10.19.2013 | Women
Joan Williams

When women leave the workforce, one of three things happens: They get divorced and often plummet into relative poverty; they find it nigh-impossible to get back in; or they find new jobs post-haste and everything is peachy.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 05.15.2014 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

The advice I would give my daughter is not whether or not she should opt-out and then back in when she has children. It's to marry a partner who will fold clothes with her while watching reruns on a Sunday night with nary a complaint.

Is Having Only One Child the Key to Gender Equality?

Keli Goff | Posted 10.14.2013 | Women
Keli Goff

If women are looking to achieve anything close to the myth known as "having it all," the more children they have, the harder it will be. That's not judgment. That's simple math.

What's Missing From the Opt-Out Discussion

Liz O'Donnell | Posted 10.09.2013 | Women
Liz O'Donnell

All of the workplace flexibility in the world isn't going to be enough to keep talented women thriving at work, if these women don't get some more flexibility at home too.

On Leaning In and Reframing Success

Judith Rosenbaum | Posted 08.12.2013 | Women
Judith Rosenbaum

In aiming for that elusive "work/life balance," we do best when we remember that work is neither in opposition to "life" (as that pesky slash might suggest) nor is it necessarily always at the center (as the in/out binary suggests).

For Women Entering the Workforce, It's About Options

Alison A. Quirk | Posted 07.30.2013 | College
Alison A. Quirk

Too often, the conversations about women in the workplace are focused on the wrong things. Your generation can change the discussion.

Students, Teachers In Several Cities Protest Standardized Tests

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.20.2013 | Teen

High school students and teachers in cities around the U.S. have decided they hate standardized tests so much, they're just not going to take them, ac...

What's The TSA Up To This Time?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 01.09.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

When we're screened at the airport, we're separate, but we're not equal.

Opt Out of More Than Just Standardized Tests

Laura Flores Shaw | Posted 03.10.2013 | Education
Laura Flores Shaw

On National Opt Out Day, let's opt out of more than just standardized tests. Let's opt out of all formal tests in the elementary years.

5 Reasons I'm Opting Out Of The TSA's Scanners (And You Should Too)

Christopher Elliott | Posted 01.16.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

This Thanksgiving, I'm telling the TSA agents who screen me that I won't walk through their full-body scanners. And I'm not alone.

The Texas Anti-Testing Revolution

Jason Stanford | Posted 12.04.2012 | Education
Jason Stanford

High-stakes testing has radicalized Texas soccer moms, including a state chapter of the opt-out movement in which parents of elementary school students defy state law and refuse to submit their children to the tests.

Opt Out Chronicles: School Boards Opting Out?

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

What does it mean to opt out? The simple answer, in the context of the public school reform movement, is when a parent pulls their child from state mandated high-stakes testing.

Opt Out Chronicles: Why and How

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 04.24.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

We need to take back our public schools. After ten years of No Child Left Behind and PSSAs, are you ready for a change? Have you had enough with high stakes testing?

Opt Out Chronicles: Fighting Sabotage

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 04.01.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

We want the end of punitive high stakes testing that labels children, teachers and schools as failures. We do not want our tax dollars going to the pockets of testing and data companies. We refuse to allow our community-based public school be labeled as "failing."