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Starting kindergarten -- the anticipation

"I'm gonna go to kindergarten tomorrow." Tomorrow, Jared starts kindergarten at his new school. It's a big deal, although he seems pretty laid back about it all. In reality, it's his mom that is the most nervous, anxious, and concerned. And a bit...

Entering Kindergarten -- The saga concludes

I suppose it's time I gave an update on what's happened with Jared's schooling, given that he starts kindergarten next week. If you missed the beginning of this saga, you can go back to the beginning, and the follow-ups (here, here, and here), but,...

Study: Teen drug use at school getting worse

Back when I was in high school, drug use at my school was common. We had a school-sanctioned smoking area for students, located in a courtyard between two wings of the school. Few students were actually old enough to legally smoke, yet hundreds...

Students protest see-through back packs

Of all the legitimate reasons today's youth has to be really angry about what is going on in the world, it seems to me that being forced to carry a see-through book bag should rate pretty low. But for some students, this infringement upon their...

Students raise $2000 so custodian can visit San Francisco

Every now and then, people are awesome. Like the students at Magnum Elementary School in Raleigh, North Carolina, who raised $2,000 so Joe Venable, their 71-year-old custodian, could experience his life-long dream -- visiting San Francisco's Golden...

School officials black out gay student's yearbook photo

I remember each year when the school yearbook would come out, the first thing we did was flip furiously through the pages of our books looking for candid shots of ourselves. Everyone gets the required, posed photo in the book, but having your photo...

The best public high schools

Here's a list of the 1,200 best public high schools in the US. I'm not sure how useful this list is, though; I'm not moving to Texas just so my kids can attend #1 or #2. I will note that, while it's no surprise that our Lowell is listed pretty high...

Hootie and the Blowfish touring for school supplies

In 2003, the members of Hootie and the Blowfish established an annual concert in their hometown of Charleston, South Carolina to help raise awareness of the needs of the local school children. Concert-goers were asked to bring school supplies of all...

Keeping good teachers in the classroom

After six years without a raise (and, in fact, a net decrease in pay), being called greedy by administrators and a school board, and an ongoing lack of respect from the public and in the media, my wife is considering the unthinkable -- quitting...

Texans considering law to require bible classes

The Texas legislature is considering a bill which, if passed and made law, would require public high schools to offer an elective class on the Bible. The bill says it should be an 'objective and nondevotional' course, but there is no mention of any...

10 reasons why home school could be a bad idea

I can understand why more and more parents are considering home schooling for their children. Classrooms are overcrowded, violence in schools is on the rise, quality of education is depreciating and teachers are fed up. Cases of inappropriate teacher...

Parent vs. Parent: Why we chose public school

This fall, Jared will enter kindergarten at a San Francisco public school. For us, there was never really any question of whether or not our kids would go to public school. It's one thing we both agree on wholeheartedly. Of course, it doesn't hurt...

Public School Registration: The next step

You know, when I last wrote about all this, I might have been a little premature with the whole "we're not getting a divorce" comment. We were all set to appeal Jared's placement at a school halfway across town, when my sister-in-law, who has been...

Why is teenage discrimination still allowed?

I stopped to get gas and windshield washer fluid this morning at a 7-11 I don't normally stop at. It's across the street from a Senior High School in a quiet, suburban part of town. As I opened the glass door I noticed a neon sign posted under the...

The Letter: School assignment in San Francisco

Last Saturday, the letter came. A plain and simple missive that, despite its meek appearance, sought to determine the course of Jared's education for the next seven years. Who would have thought that such an innocuous thing could have such a huge...

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