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School Bureaucracy: Behind the Walkout at Garfield High

Summary: The common practice in school districts that adjusts student-teacher ratios a month into school retards the learning process, distracts teachers and counselors from more important work, and in the end simply harms students, some more than others. The practice … Continue reading

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Progress In School Reform: What Is The Picture We See?

Summary: While by some measures the school reform movement has come up with little but goose eggs in the national aggregate, a more nuanced approach to school change makes clear that improvements do occur in substantial ways, in a cultural … Continue reading

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African American Kids and School Based Reparations

Summary: Ta-Nehisi Coates calls in the recent Atlantic for reparative dialogue, and even financial recompense for the long American history of slavery and Jim Crow. An educational superfund that supports the educational turnaround of poor and at risk kids of … Continue reading

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At-Risk Students: Follow the Money

Summary: Incentive systems for school districts to retrieve and hold dropouts are themselves dysfunctional. Yet, in committed communities dropout retrieval efforts are succeeding. “Follow the money.” Normally a line uttered on a TV crime show, a recent Education Week article … Continue reading

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Schools and Culture: Boys in Disarray

Summary: The struggles of boys in today’s American schools reflect historical assaults on their self-image and the erosion of legitimate authority in the culture. It was an impressive group of kids, these seniors at my high school outside of Seattle. … Continue reading

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At Risk Kids and the College Game

Summary: Low income kids often are first in their family to contemplate college, and so lack the fund of family college information taken for granted by middle and upper class students. Their back up option, the guidance of their high … Continue reading

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At Risk Low Income Students: Sometime Victims of a Blame Game

Summary: Stereotypical assumptions about low income kids should not cloud the will to social investment, via schools, in their economic future. Yesterday I visited with an old friend and neighbor in a community in which I had lived for 35 … Continue reading

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At Risk Kids: Wrap Around Services for Troubled Folk

Summary: The work of one non-profit and one Seattle Schools program showcase the intensive human support of at risk kids needed to bring those troubled kids along into the academically successful mainstream. Fine hors d’oeurves and good wine greeted us … Continue reading

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Schools and Culture: Progress in Infant Mortality Begs a Question or Two

Summary: Progress in infant mortality addresses the same root causes as the struggles of low income students in our schools. The academic struggles of low income students do not originate in poor schools, though are encumbered by them, but in … Continue reading

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At Risk Students: Can Willpower Be Taught? Part B

Summary: A book by the New York Times journalist Charles Duhigg tells the story of one individual and numerous researchers that suggest that willpower can be taught. See also Part A, last week’s post. As life has it, a book … Continue reading

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