How Diminished Funding to Higher Education Worsens Income Inequality

Summary: Huge cuts in state funding for higher education have left our premier public universities to thirst after the money well to do families from out of state are able to pay for a selective education. As a consequence, membership of moneyed families in upper socioeconomic echelons is solidified and the portal for entry by lower income youth is contracted. Continue reading

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Teachers’ Resistance (and Other Stories of Sanity)

Summary: In a climate of federal retreat to the nineteenth century, and sometimes unintentional de facto assaults from our friends, teachers nonetheless shape the future by their own good practice in the present day, every day. Continue reading

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Why Do They Leave?

Summary: We ask too few teachers to do too much to reach trauma impacted kids, and with too little support and preparation.

In the rain shadow of the Washington State’s Olympic Mountains, nestled below rugged peaks and ridges, and adjacent to the Straits of Juan de Fuca, sits the small city of Sequim. As with burgs large and little, Sequim’s schools struggle with an expanding population of kids that hang on the margins, whose early and unsuccessful exit from school can be seen coming a mile away in a flurry of absences, poor grades, and behavior infractions. Continue reading

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The Immigrant Lesson: It’s About the Future

Summary: The legacy of immigrants to America is that we sacrifice now for a better future for our kids, and they’re right on it. Continue reading

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People, Time, Faith, Cognitive Maps and the Reclamation of Lost Kids

Summary: An approach to retrieval of the legion of unmoored kids on the periphery of  our schools can be extracted from an innovative treatment model for incarcerated “callous and unemotional” kids. Continue reading

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The Two Headed Being in American Education

Summary: Successful charters have extended research based in public schools to construct more pure versions of practice effective with at risk kids. Continue reading

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