Category Archives: Education

The Big Pink Blitz

October is when we all leap onto the breast cancer awareness bandwagon. Everyone can be a hero in the fight. All we have to do is to wear pink, the official color of breast cancer awareness. Voices exhort us, not … Continue reading

Posted in Current events, Education, Food, Health, Life | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Facebook Shitstorm

If you’ve read Scribblegal in the past, you’re probably aware of my political viewpoints. I’m a proud liberal and if I thought there were a hell, it would freeze over before that changed. I’m for raising up the bottom, equalizing … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs and blogging, Current events, Education, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

White Privilege

In 1997, I passed the Philadelphia School District’s test for English teachers, and picked my first school from among the openings. The choices seemed bleak: each position was at one of the persistently dangerous schools- that’s to say, schools that … Continue reading

Posted in Current events, Education, Family, Life, Philadelphia | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

True homeland security

Are you feeling particularly secure right now? You should be, because we’re spending 39.5 billion bucks a year to give you the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from knowing that the folks at the Department of Homeland Security are on … Continue reading

Posted in Current events, Education, Family, Food, Health, Life | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chipping away at public education

I’ve seen how public education is being destroyed firsthand, and I can tell you that Bill Gates, Arne Duncan, Congress and presidents past and current are wrong about how to fix it. Instead of attempting to improve the underlying problems, … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Philadelphia, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No teacher left standing

Romney thinks he knows how to help poor kids get educated: wreck public education. A Chance for Every Child sounds a lot like No Child Left Behind. We teachers understood the message when Bush rolled out his big, useless plan: … Continue reading

Posted in Current events, Education, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

What base were you born on?

I raised the hackles of one of my best friends with what I considered a harmless remark about the fabulous job she found a few years ago. I said, “You were really lucky to get that job.” We were talking … Continue reading

Posted in Current events, Education, Family, Life, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Are you worth more than a goat?

When it comes to being born, location is everything— especially for women. So I’m grateful that I wasn’t born in a part of the world where women are routinely denied rights by some fanatical element or another, or a place … Continue reading

Posted in Current events, Education, Life, Politics, Rural Living | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pummeling the Poor

One item glared at me when I opened my browser to Google news this morning. The headline from the Philadelphia Inquirer screamed the news: Schools, city lose in budget. But don’t worry, taxes won’t rise. And business taxes will actually … Continue reading

Posted in Current events, Education, Family, Life, Philadelphia, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Before I Forget

If you’re a baby-boomer, like me, you’re probably worried about Alzheimer’s. Seventy-eight million of us are entering our sixties, and, according to SeniorJournal.com, someone in the States develops the dreaded disease every seventy seconds. Among my friends, we joke about … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Family, Life | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment