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03.28.13 Blogging the Un-Bloggable: School Bathrooms

This is definitely my first blog post about bathrooms. Perhaps it is yours as well, but actually I think they are worthy of some discussion.  At least school bathrooms are.  And for two reasons: 1)      Former NYC parks commissioner Henry Stern once observed that bathrooms become the sites of society’s least palatable behavior.  They awaken something…


03.27.13 On “Ability Grouping”

You might have seen this article in the Atlantic about the “return of ability grouping” in schools.  If not it’s worth the read as it’s one of several recent articles on the topic.  Generally it’s the sort of article that trumpets as a new trend something that’s been quietly happening for a long time, but that’s…


03.23.13 Giving the Gator

Did I mention that one of the reasons for the positive mojo over at Grady Middle School is definitely the Gator?  (With whom, I am a little proud to say, I had my pic taken today.) Every week one designated member of the staff “has the gator.”  He or she observes throughout the school and then sends out a…