Sept. 10 2012
I know that the echo chamber is crushing Barack Obama since last Friday's jobs report, but I spent the three nights before that watching the Democratic National Convention, and I am in love!
Aug. 29 2012
As I sit at my desk, I notice the light has faded. I look out my office window and decide, when the garden lights pop on, that it must be nearly 8:30 p.m., but then I look at the clock and my worst fear...
Aug. 22 2012
Top 10 regrettable San Diego fashion trends
Aug. 15 2012
Some time ago (OK, fine, so it was just before Ruby started kindergarten), after many years of struggling with our now 7-year-old's well-documented sleep issues that-at their very worst-forced my husband...
Aug. 1 2012
We human beings are crazy, aren't we? I'm convinced that most of us are doing the best we can to be good people, to do the right thing and to evolve and grow and all that
July 18 2012
On the last day of June, while still percolating over a Boston Globe article in which white author Jeff Jacoby claimed that "America's racist past is dead and gone," my family headed north...
July 3 2012
Last month, my daughter celebrated her seventh birthday, and let me tell you: Nothing makes a middle-aged woman feel more at home in the sweat-soaked country of peri-menopause like her baby turning 7
June 20 2012
We need to talk about another war, one that threatens the soul of San Diego. If we even have a soul, which I very much doubt. The grave danger is U-T TV. Warning: Expletives ahead
June 6 2012
I predicted the winners to be the zombies. The asshole zombies, that is. And I was right. Just look at them. And the losers? Well, that would be you and me
May 23 2012
Last month in Oceanside, N.Y., Christine Dougherty wrote to her son's principal requesting that he not sit for the standardized state exams. In the letter, posted to United Opt Out National's website,...
May 8 2012
Ah, yes, glorious summer: when bedtime is a foreign word I cannot pronounce, when concerts in the park and concealed beverages are regular features of any weekend
April 11 2012
It makes no sense that my baby could be tucked safely in bed while Sybrina Fulton's was being profiled, stalked and murdered by a self-appointed neighborhood policer and negro-phobe who, more than a...
March 28 2012
Last week, a parent at my school planned a parent-child walkout during school hours. She asked that we gather with our children for all of 30 minutes to say that we oppose the draconian cuts that could...
March 14 2012
Yes, my opening bid for Beach Body Boot Camp was also the only bid for Beach Body Boot Camp. And this is how I came to find myself at 8 a.m. two Saturdays ago, not snuggled in bed with a cup of coffee...
Feb. 29 2012
But this column is not about one school's innovative money-raising methods, because many schools are doing that. No, it's really about various trends I've noted and have come to enjoy in some manner—either...
Feb. 15 2012
I recently found myself suffering another memory I thought I'd cremated, brought on by an overwhelmingly effective trigger in the form of a multiple-choice question posed by one Gary Rubinstein on his...
Feb. 1 2012
As much as I may disagree with standardized testing and the abysmal curriculum that comes with it, I believe in and want to be a part of a successful public-school system
Jan. 18 2012
Kohn lambasted-while citing research-traditional education methods like worksheets and bubble questions, as well as the intellectual, social and psychologically stunting impact of tests, quizzes and...
Jan. 4 2012
My husband and I see no incentive to subject our daughter to the ongoing experiment aimed at busting teachers unions, closing public schools and reopening them with public funds and unaccountable corporations...
Dec. 20 2011
Designed to prep the little ones for the revolving door of tests, the classwork being pushed is also perfect for squashing the curiosity right out of them


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