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When Girls Dare to Challenge the Educational Status Quo

Recently, Maryland Delegate Ariana Kelly posted an exchange on her Facebook page between her daughter and one of her daughter’s teachers. Ariana has kindly allowed us to post that letter here ate The Broad Side. We love this as an example of a young student feeling confident in her own research abilities, as well as […]

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Should Cursive Writing Be Taught in School?

Are you old enough to remember learning to do cursive writing each school day, with a fat pencil on lined, horizontal notebooks? My recent brush with what some consider to be an outdated mode of writing has convinced me that those who want to eliminate cursive handwriting from public schools are in the wrong. In […]

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A White Girl and the ‘N’ Word

The recent Paula Deen controversy has me thinking about an incident that happened to me when I was a child. When I was in elementary school in 1970′s Brooklyn, NY (maybe third grade?) a kid (who was white) told me I had “n*gger lips.”  It felt weird, because I wasn’t sure if it was a […]

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Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant is Not Sexist

Phil Bryant is the Republican Governor of Mississippi. If those three things weren’t enough to put a nail in his coffin with progressives, then wading into the news that women are the new face of breadwinning for the modern family definitely sealed his grave. But he may actually have a point about what happens to […]

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Cursive Writing: A Useful Tool with a Legacy

I’ve been dismayed by recent articles about how many schools have stopped teaching cursive. My own children attend a public Montessori school where they start cursive in kindergarten, and I’m thankful that is part of their curriculum. I understand the constraints schools are under these days to teach a growing array of skills, and I’m […]

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Doctor Who, Jill Biden?

Doctor Who? No, not Dr. Who. “Doctor Who?” is what the National Review Online asks about Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the Vice President. Apparently, that well-regarded think-tank takes issue with such insistence upon a professional distinction. In the article entitled, “Diagnosing Dr. Biden: The second lady exemplifies a bloated class of people with irrelevant, […]

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Teaching and Watching for the Next Rehteah Parsons

She edged into my classroom, hoping not to be noticed as the new kid to the school.  It was late January of her 9th grade year.  I read her demeanor immediately.  She didn’t want a fuss, she didn’t want to talk, she shut down, closed herself off to the friendly smiles, built a brick wall […]

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