All posts tagged: public schools

So Yeah… Columns Get Cut

One peanut butter brownie, one raspberry mocha, and one entire box of Annie’s Whole Wheat Alfredo Pasta, I’m feeling better (if a bit fat).  Not only did City’s Best begin the process of giving me (and all of its other freelancers) the pink slip yesterday but I also chaperoned a field trip to the local elementary school with my preschoolers. We visited two kindergarten classes in order to “demystify” the “real school” experience for those in our program who will be moving on next year.  It was demystifying all right: no wonder north Philly is such a mess.  No wonder the city ranks sixth in the nation for gun violence (and first for black homicide victims).  No wonder the high school students I see on the subway have no respect for themselves or each other; I wouldn’t either if I’d gone to a school like that. And the school we visited (with its disgusting lunch room, its dusty, overcrowded classrooms and its school nurse who may or may not be there next year depending on …