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On Mothers

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Since I just offered a memory of my dad because it was Father’s Day, I thought a memory of my mother might be appropriate since I didn’t say anything on Mother’s Day. My mother was a woman before her time. I suspect if she had come of age in the 1960s she […]

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Summer vacation, four-day school weeks, and the achievement gap

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens Most students across the country–unless they attend year-round schools–are beginning summer vacation, a curious relic of a bygone age. At the turn of the 19th century, a three-month summer break made sense. Schools did not have air conditioning. Wealthy urban families vacationed. Middle- and lower-class urban families wanted to vacation. Agrarian communities […]

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On Fathers

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Since yesterday was Father’s Day I thought a memory of my father might be appropriate. My father would have turned 100 this past April. He was the youngest of nine in an Irish Catholic family and the first to go to college—Fordham. He transferred from St. John’s to Fordham because the family […]

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At the Movies III: Blackboard Jungle and To Sir, with Love

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Blackboard Jungle opens with a screen saying “We are fortunate to have a school system that is a tribute to our American community and our children. But we are now threatened by something that has to change—juvenile delinquency.” Glenn Ford, in 1955, comes to the rescue in an inner-city school. The movie […]

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Thursday is TechDay: To technology or not to technology, that is the question

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani Relles We at CHEPA are about to commence the 11th annual SummerTIME writing program this month. So in this context of college access, I’ve been thinking a lot about technology and it’s role in preparing so-called underprepared students to write at the college-level. Here’s the rub, despite the fact that I am a […]

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At the Movies II: The Lottery

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney Here’s another movie on the same theme as Waiting for Superman and The Cartel. We have four cute kids who are trying to get into “good” (a.k.a. “charter”) schools in Harlem by way of a lottery. Geoffrey Canada once again is the voice of reason saying how important good schools are and […]

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The life of a PhD student: Thirty days to qualify

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens You don’t know until you know. That’s one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from being in a PhD program. And, if you do know, you probably aren’t doing it the right way. Earning a PhD is a struggle. There are ups and downs and downs and even more downs. When you […]

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At the Movies I: The Cartel—Two Thumbs Down

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney At least the graphics and background music in Waiting for Superman were professionally done. In The Cartel we have another documentary about schools made by a reporter, Bob Bowden; this time the storyline is largely about New Jersey public schools. Early on in the movie he gives us a voiceover that what […]

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Emerging trends at the E3

By Zoe B. Corwin

by Zoe Corwin The E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) at the Los Angeles Convention Center is one of the premier events in the computer and video game world.  Amidst the incredible hype surrounding the event, new games are revealed in what has become a multibillion dollar industry.  The show does not have an educational focus, but […]

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The Thursday Pop with Kristan Venegas

By Kristan Venegas

My financial aid & Facebook experiment: “Pregunta about financial aid, race, and class” As I mentioned in my blog on May 19th, I was working with David Levy and the College Access Foundation to put on a series of workshops related to reading financial aid offers. We included the basics as well as some “inside […]

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