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Signing up for school: The Letter

Public school registration in San Francisco is notoriously inept; the fact that we live three blocks from an elementary school does not guarantee that Jared will be placed there. Instead, we had to make up a list of seven schools we want, in order of...

Teacher photocopies student's head

Because science and math were never my strong subjects, I appreciated teachers who made science experiments "fun". I have fond memories of a giant, otherworldy solar cooker concocted in grade 7: it was covered in tin foil and cooked delicious hotdogs...

High school history teacher confuses religion with history

According to David Paszkiewicz, evolution isn't scientific, there were dinosaurs on Noah's ark, and, of course, if you're not a Christian, you're not getting into heaven. At least, that's what he told his class while, unbeknownst to him, student...

More Teachers with Guns

A while back, Heather Craven noted that a legislator from Wisconsin suggested teachers could be armed to cut down on school violence. Now, he's been joined by one from Nevada. "I would expect enough teachers would be interested so it would serve as a...

Choosing kindergarten

Last Saturday, Rachel and I dropped the kids off at her mother's and headed out for a day on the town to go to the public school fair put on by the SF Unified School District. Normally, kids go to the closest school and that's that, right? Well, here...

A Mom's plea against homework

When I close my eyes and think of homework I can hear steady rain pelting the eaves troughs outside the window of my childhood home, pushing down on pencils so hard they nearly broke, rows of times tables and small damp cheat sheets and the repeated...

No free bibles for fifth graders

South Iron Elementary in Annapolis, Missouri has taken on the constitution and lost. For years, the school quietly allowed Gideons International to give fifth graders a speech and a free bible. Unfortunately, they did not also allow the Latter Day...

No more sliding by with a D?

According to the San Mateo Daily Journal, the San Mateo Union High School District, located just South of San Francisco, California, is considering the elimination of the barely-passing grade of D. School board member Peter Hanley said that students...

Court upholds school's t-shirt ban

School dress codes have become further reaching in the last few years, public and private schools are banning all sorts of clothing. Anti-Bush t-shirts, camoflage and even shirts with the American flag since some schools are afraid of...

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