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Wednesday, February 29,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

I’ve been trend watching

And now I have bald spots where my hair used to be

By Aaryn Belfer
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 in an I-love-it kind of way or, more frequently, in an Ah-jeeze-that-one’s-scary kind of way.
Wednesday, February 15,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

The worst of the ’80s and the worst of school come together

What does this seventh-grade question say about me—and about school?

By Aaryn Belfer
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 blog.
Wednesday, February 1,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

Home-schooling lacks my idea of diversity exposure

I don’t mean to be all socialist-y, but—what about the greater good?

By Aaryn Belfer
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
Wednesday, January 18,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

Progressive educator Alfie Kohn comes to town, but is anybody listening?

Some interested parties paid a lot more attention when Michelle Rhee was in San Diego

By Aaryn Belfer
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 grades.
Wednesday, January 4,2012
Backwards & in High Heels

Fighting back against mandatory school testing, Part 2

For my family, opting out is an act of civil disobedience

By Aaryn Belfer
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 at the helm.
Tuesday, December 20,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Fighting back against mandatory school testing

It’s my way or the highway, says No Child Left Behind—but is it really?

By Aaryn Belfer
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.
Wednesday, December 7,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Deconstructing the destruction of Herman Cain’s presidential bid

Was he just one big prank or a victim of bad timing?

By Aaryn Belfer
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 problems with the ladies.
Monday, November 21,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Education cuts mean hacking off limbs above the tourniquets

My ideas for balancing San Diego Unified’s budget

By Aaryn Belfer
Well, here it is—the midyear-budget-cut runaway train is gaining speed and headed toward San Diego Unified School District. 
Wednesday, November 9,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Keeping my inner mommy dearest in check

Child abuse is inexcusable, but understandable—and inexcusable!

By Aaryn Belfer
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, or please, please, please, for God’s sake, go brush your teeth) so many times each morning, as if it’s the very first morning in the history of mornings. One can only take so much Groundhog Day.
Wednesday, October 26,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Let us eat cheesecake

Most folks are letting their carpets get dirty; I’m letting mine grow in

By Aaryn Belfer
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 sales increase in the last year. People: There’s been a run on cheese cake! Who would have thunk it?
 
 
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