How many band-aids does it take to heal a nation?

Here in Topeka, KS, folks are ever-giving. They donate to Silverbackks, a group that helps the homeless with food and necessities. They donate to United Way which supports child care providers. They donate to Red Cross, helping people through extreme tragedies. They buy items from school fundraisers. They donate to their church food pantry. Humans,…

A note for Kansas Teachers Rising

Let’s face it, public schools are dominated by women. And I’ll bet most of those women know at least one other woman whose life was rerouted by an unplanned pregnancy. She may have been one of your high school students, who was not presented with a comprehensive education about sex and babies. She may be…

What you don’t know CAN hurt you

My family and friends say I’ve changed over the years, probably since I’ve had children. My sister says it’s since I went to college. Personally, I don’t feel my core values have changed, but since getting educated I’ve seen in black and white how our society has changed for the worse while we were watching…

Brownback’s HB2117

The Brownback tax plan would hurt working families & schools. “Some tax credits and deductions would no longer be allowed, including: food sales tax rebate for low-income Kansans; adoption expenses; child and dependent care expenses; child day care expenses; disabled access expenditures; small employer health benefit plan contributions; temporary assistance to family contributors, the homestead…

Social norms and the middle class model

Here’s the article in The Guardian that sparked this post: …people need a stake in society. This article reported that 84% of UK children who seek help from the group Kids Company are runaways, usually maltreated by their families. In the U.S., anywhere between 1.6 million and 2.8 million children runaway, or are thrown out…

Start Caring

It is difficult to care when one is surrounded by apathy. I have lost count of the times I hear, everyday, the words “I don’t care.” Whether they are muttered by me or those around me, folks just don’t care, and this is becoming prevalent in Education. Now I’ll admit, I’ve only been in the…