Category: School

Teaching Financial Capabilty

Teaching Financial Capabilty

November 29, 2011 | Comments (4)

Many days I am completely baffled at what I see at my day job. Children from every walk of life exposed to crime, committing crime, being victimized by crime. I see what The Chicago Public Schools is doing in the less affluent neighborhoods. So when The Chicago Moms was invited to a listening session at […]

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When Will We Change Our Reaction to Bullying?

When Will We Change Our Reaction to Bullying?

November 18, 2011 | Comments (1)

I watched the memorial services for 10-year-old  Ashlynn Conner on the mid-day news.  I stared at the screen for the few seconds the story ran and thought, “She could be one of my girls.” According to news reports Ashlynn killed herself after the teasing and bullying from her classmates became unbearable.  When you see her photo, […]

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Who is making the grade?

Who is making the grade?

November 14, 2011 | Comments (4)

When I got the wonderful news that I was expecting a bundle, I immediately put my zygote on the waiting list of a premier Chicago area day care. Sixteen years ago, that wait list was a year long. My then husband and our little family lived in Lakeview and did not have “clout” or high […]

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Does Failure Drive Success?

Does Failure Drive Success?

September 27, 2011 | Comments (2)

At our daughters’ elementary school, there is a lot of talk about character education.  Schools have latched on to the idea that being a good person is as important as being a smart person.  I like the idea because I think anything that helps kids understand that hard-work, personal connections and good character are important […]

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Still Thinking About the First Day of School

Still Thinking About the First Day of School

September 23, 2011 | Comments (0)

It’s hard to believe my youngest son is now on his fourth week of kindergarten today. The first day was a little bumpy as I juggled both of my children’s needs. Plus in the eyes of my kindergartener, I made the vital mistake of leaving him with his dad while I walked my oldest son […]

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Our Computer Summer

Our Computer Summer

June 25, 2011 | Comments (5)

I was casually chatting with our girls’ first grade teacher about their assessment scores.  There seemed to be a discrepancy between the three different assessment tests they take each semester, with one test lower than the others.  It wasn’t terrible, but it was different enough that I wondered why she thought it happened.  She said, […]

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The Bus Is Getting Scary

The Bus Is Getting Scary

May 16, 2011 | Comments (2)

Where I live, I know a lot of people who have issues with the school buses. For preschool, it wasn’t a problem because … they’re preschoolers. Come elementary school, though, the third graders or fifth graders or sometimes the younger kids cause a whole lot of problems. Knowing that, I was happy in a way […]

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New eBook Limits Create Limits for All

New eBook Limits Create Limits for All

March 14, 2011 | Comments (6)

A story I read in my old-fashioned, printed newspaper really made me think about how many big, traditional corporations are still struggling to find a profitable business model in the digital world.  The Chicago Tribune story “Publisher puts new limits on library e-book” outlined Harper Collins’ new policy of allowing 26 downloads and then charging […]

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Google and Art

February 8, 2011 | Comments (0)

What did we do before the Internet? I’m not being facetious; sometimes it’s hard to remember what life was like before we could find three disparate ingredients left in our kitchens, enter them into a search engine and come up with a dozen possible recipes. Every day there are new wonders to be discovered. I […]

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The Valley Girls Have Landed

February 7, 2011 | Comments (2)

When I step outside, I’m in Chicago in February.  It’s cold and snowy and, well, cold and snowy.  It’s February in Chicago after all.  Somehow when I come into my house, I’m suddenly in the Valley where California girls reign supreme and “like” is used every other word. I’m not sure when, how or why, […]

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Mom Convicted of Felony for Fraudulently Sending Kids to Safer School Sparks Outrage

Mom Convicted of Felony for Fraudulently Sending Kids to Safer School Sparks Outrage

January 30, 2011 | Comments (3)

I know as a mom, I should feel outrage for the woman convicted of fraudulently sending her kids to a safer school.  I know I should be up-in-arms screaming about how unfair it is that she just did what she thought was best for her children.  I read the story several times trying to work up […]

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The *Early* a.m. Shift

The *Early* a.m. Shift

January 29, 2011 | Comments (1)

Every morning, at 6:45 a.m., if you’re passing through our city neighborhood, you may catch a glimpse of a woman who appears a bit off, wearing a rather interesting get-up, scrambling down the streets, grasping the hand of a handsome 9 year-old boy. That’s my son and I, making our way to the bus stop. Running […]

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