Articles By: joannewilliams

What was he thinking?

What was he thinking?

What was he thinking? A teacher in Georgia tried to blend math and history and got himself in really hot water. Third grade teacher Luis Rivera at Beaver Ridge Elementary School in Gwinnett County wrote math questions asking such questions as: “If 8 slaves pick 56 oranges…”! Whoa!! What was he thinking???!!  WAS he thinking?? […]

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Committee on high schools snubs key stakeholders: students themselves

Here we go again … the state legislature has created the Special Committee on Improving Educational Opportunities in High School. The committee met for the first time on July 16. It has an impressive list of members and invited speakers who know what they are talking about when it comes to what employers want vs. […]

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Counting the days until the first day of college

Counting the days until the first day of college

We are counting the days until my son begins college more than 1,000 miles away from home. Exciting for him … not so much for me.  Don’t get me wrong. I am thrilled that he will be attending college in another large city, filled with wild nightlife, drugs, alcohol, beautiful co-eds, a massive football stadium, […]

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A college tuition diet plan for parents?

A college tuition diet plan for parents?

ARRGG!! OMG… what have we done?? Well, I am planning to send my baby off to college in a few weeks and while surfing around the web today (do we still say that?) I came across the TIME Magazine list of the state colleges with the highest tuition increases.  Lo and behold, there was my […]

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A passion for winning can fuel a passion for learning

Too many parents miss one of the great joys of their kids high school days … watching them participate in sports. There is nothing more fun on a Saturday afternoon, than squeezing yourself into a bleacher next to other parents who are just as loud and enthusiastic as you and screaming until your voice gets […]

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Will special needs kids get the help they deserve in MPS?

Will special needs kids get the help they deserve in MPS?

Wow! That was all I could say when I heard that the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled in favor of the Milwaukee Public Schools and tossed- out the 11- year- old “Jamie S case.” I remember the day the suit was filed against MPS. It was September 13, 2001. I remember it well […]

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