aarynbelfersandiego
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...
aarynbelfersandiego
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
aarynbelfersandiego
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...
aarynbelfersandiego
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...
aarynbelfersandiego
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
aarynbelfersandiego
Dec. 7 2011
These boys are not the 99 percent, and when it comes to megalomania, they're at the top of their respective games. They think so highly of themselves, in fact, that each thinks he's immune to his...
aarynbelfersandiego
Nov. 21 2011
Well, here it is—the midyear-budget-cut runaway train is gaining speed and headed toward San Diego Unified School District.
aarynbelfersandiego
Nov. 9 2011
I can sort of understand why folks snap. There's a finite amount of are-we-there-yets that a reasonable adult can handle. One can only ask a kid to brush her teeth (or wash her hands, or feed the dog,...
aarynbelfersandiego
Oct. 26 2011
Not all indulgences are expensive, the Times points out. “But they could be on a party-supply list: premixed cocktails and coolers, cheesecake, cosmetics and wine.” Cheesecake saw a 22-percent...
aarynbelfersandiego
Oct. 12 2011
Kia is wise beyond her years—as they say, an old soul. She is beautiful, warm, funny, kind, creative, insightful and smart. She also happens to be fighting for her life, which took an unexpected...
aarynbelfersandiego
Sept. 28 2011
In case you haven't heard, an organization called One Million Moms (OMM) has got its flesh-toned, 98-percent-nylon-2-percent-lycra granny panties with the lace waistband all bunched up inside its uber-tight...
aarynbelfersandiego
Sept. 14 2011
I realized—as I hit forward on song after song— that if I was going to die, it wasn't going to be to a soundtrack that included “Star Witness” and “Maybe Sparrow.”
aarynbelfersandiego
Aug. 31 2011
The thing is, I don't want my daughter's choices, opportunities, identity, sense of belonging and self-worth -- and those of her black brothers and sisters in this country -- to be dictated by the pseudo-educated,...
aarynbelfersandiego
Aug. 17 2011
I needed to know how much it would take before I would budown the house and walk away forever. I needed to see if Mr. McGee (not his real name) could actually be a responsible adult and drop his kid...
backwards
Aug. 3 2011
It turns out that, when your child goes to a school being slowly devastated, like so many others, by the decisions of people who prioritize war and the interests of a few rich folks, you'll do some crazy...
backwards
July 20 2011
I won't laugh at you or make snarky remarks about the slow process of decline that is about to engulf you like a novice snowboarder caught unawares and goofy-foot in an avalanche. Because, truth be...
backwards
July 6 2011
I'm over the moon and two stars to the left because the state budget passed last week and with it comes a savings of roughly $260 a year! Can you stand it? It's a veritable coup
backwards
June 22 2011
If you're blind, deaf, dumb, lame, old, young, brown and/or poor, you may no longer have services, but you can be proud, knowing you're shouldering all of the sacrifice
backwards
June 8 2011
Oy vey. Has it been the season for awful behavior or what?
backwards
May 23 2011
Trying to get a decent public education for your child in this city is like walking up a down escalator. On crutches. While simultaneously patting your head and rubbing your tummy

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