Archive for November 2018

I hope dancing flamenco gives my daughter a lifetime of confidence

I hope dancing flamenco gives my daughter a lifetime of confidence
I could watch my daughter dance for centuries. Four years ago, when she was six, she and I began our weekly trek from the Southwest side to a flamenco studio in Logan Square.  Studio Mangiameli was where my daughter learned to follow the flow of a guitar’s strum and the echoes of patterned hand claps.... Read more »

"Foster Kid" in Chicago Public Schools reminds teachers and schools to be supportive

As part of a journalism project, my Chicago Public Schools student Gabriel wrote about his experience as a student in foster care.  This is his editorial. Most people when they hear “foster kid” assume they have problems, and that something’s wrong with them.  But that is not the case at all. They could be the nicest and... Read more »

Top Chicago Public Schools students says: Get rid of class rank

Report cards in the Chicago Public Schools will be handed out to parents and guardians next week.  Even though high school class rank won’t be determined until the end of second quarter, my Chicago student Andres Valencia says CPS should stop ranking students based on grade point average.  This is his guest post: I’m in... Read more »
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