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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?
Wednesday, October 12,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Former CityBeat writer needs a bone-marrow transplant

Kia Momtazi is a 10 seeking a 10, and she needs your help

By Aaryn Belfer

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 detour last spring when she learned she had Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma.

Wednesday, September 28,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Schweddy Balls in a right-wing vice

A million moms pick a pseudo fight rather than make an actual difference for children

By Aaryn Belfer
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 butt crack.
Wednesday, September 14,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

Everybody’s blackout has a soundtrack, and this is mine

Neko Case’s sad-bastard music is not appropriate when you think the world’s coming to an end

By Aaryn Belfer
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.”
Wednesday, August 31,2011
Backwards & in High Heels

If you’re gonna teach diversity, you have to talk about diversity

Why a popular method of pretending we don’t see color undermines progress when it comes to race

By Aaryn Belfer
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, pale-faced Baby Drummonds of the world.
 
 
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