Category: education

Remembering September 11

What follows is an excerpt from my book Terribly Strange and Wonderfully Real... The kids whose first day of preschool was September 11, 2001, are in college and beyond now. I doubt they have any memory of the day at all, but their parents and my colleagues and I at Cherry Preschool will never forget it.... Read more »

Finally, A School Dress Code That Respects Students

I took my granddaughter who is entering middle school shopping to buy a “first day of school outfit.” She’s eleven and starting sixth grade today, with temperatures projected to be just under 80 degrees. I understand that her school’s dress code gives a thumbs-down to Daisy Duke shorts and I’m okay with that. But we... Read more »

My Community’s School Calendar is Out of Sync with Life in 2017

As we enter August, the dog days of summer, the dregs of “summer vacation,” I have to stop blaming the farmers for the traditional three-month break from school that is part of my community’s very traditional school calendar. I always wondered about that explanation because farms harvest their crops in the fall and spring, so... Read more »

1967: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of Graduating College

1967. Quite a year to be launched from college into the world. The music was awesome but the politics were becoming frightening. Being quite immature and self-involved at that time, all I remember about graduation is that it rained in the University of Michigan stadium and my future husband and I laughed and talked through... Read more »

Fidget Spinners: Addictive Stress Relief for Kids Who Need to Move

Fidget spinners have been banned by most schools, and rightfully so. If I were having a hard time staying focused, squeezing a koosh ball or chewing on a pencil might help. But watching a spinner and keeping it in motion would be a total distraction. These spinners are basically toys that delight all kids, but... Read more »

When Math Doesn’t Add Up

A girl hates math, so she writes a letter: “Dear Math, I wish you would grow up and solve your own problems.” Funny? Not so much. For my generation of women and for girls today, math is still a boy’s club with some token females. It is also a white boys club, with fewer children... Read more »

The Cherry Preschool Silver Anniversary: A Shout Out to its Founders

We hugged and laughed and even cried. There are bonds that never lessen, even with the passage of time, even when folks don’t see one another that often. Celebrating Warren W. Cherry Preschool’s 25th anniversary with the founders of the preschool reminded me of how powerful the connection is between thirteen people who came together... Read more »

Taxes and Public Education: A Memo to President Trump

In my community of Evanston, Illinois, we paid our taxes today. We also voted in a recent referendum to raise our property taxes to support our local schools. Was this an easy choice to make? Not really, as many of us are folks who are just getting by. But because our state and federal government... Read more »

The Evanston Referendum: A Community That Cares About Children

No one wants to pay higher taxes, but yesterday 80 percent of those who voted in our local election said YES to a $14.5 million property tax referendum to support Evanston/Skokie District 65 public schools. At a time when our country seems to be motivated by greed and self-interest, in my community folks gave their... Read more »

Evanston/Skokie District 65 Needs to Vote YES on the Referendum

Imagine you are part of a middle class family. Two working parents, two kids, a modest home. Now imagine one parent becomes unemployed. Tough choices will have to be made. Most likely, there will be no vacations or activities that cost money. No new clothes. No restaurants. No cable. Evanston/Skokie District 65 public schools may... Read more »