aarynbelfersandiego
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
aarynbelfersandiego
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...
aarynbelfersandiego
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...
aarynbelfersandiego
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...
aarynbelfersandiego
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...
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...

Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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