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Jun 04 2013

9 for 9

I read an inspiring story today about a Sacramento teen named Lloyd Chen who was accepted to all 9 schools he applied to (this includes Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and MIT). Since the young age of 8, Chen held fast to his dream of going to Harvard for college. Now he’s matriculating there with a full-ride scholarship.
In this age of extremely competitive college admissions, Chen’s 100% acceptance rate is impressive on its own. But what makes his accomplishment even more noteworthy is that Chen grew up without a father and “so poor that most of his clothes were hand-me-downs.” Here’s more on his attitude:
“Throughout my life, I’ve learned to grow up without luxuries,” he wrote in his college application essay. “I don’t need fancy clothes. I don’t need expensive SAT classes. I don’t even need a father.”
“I have something more valuable than luxuries: the foundation to grow and prosper,” he added.…

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May 27 2013

Are We Experiencing a Revolution?

The teacher prep landscape has been shifting recently. Jonathan Schorr views the changes as part of a revolution in teacher prep. The question is an interesting one: are we experiencing a revolution? In Schorr’s view, the answer is yes. He points out the many alternative teacher prep programs that now exist. While each may have…

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May 22 2013

Overheard in Chipotle…

“You were a real nice teacher, Mr. K!” -T.R., former student, after chatting with me for the first time in 2 years.  I’m working in DC for the summer, and I’m living in the same neighborhood as before. This, of course, means the inevitable–bumping into students on the street. I was standing in line at…

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It’s been so long since I’ve posted that I almost forgot how to log into this blog. I feel guilty about not having posted in so long. I hope it’s not a sign that, while in law school, I’ve “forgotten” about my longer-term commitment (and the very reason I went to law school): educational justice.…

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Jul 18 2012


I suspect this Onion article is poking some fun at TFA. Have a laugh, if you will: Point My Year Volunteering As A Teacher Helped Educate A New Generation Of Underprivileged Kids BY MEGAN RICHMOND, VOLUNTEER TEACHER When I graduated college last year, I was certain I wanted to make a real difference in the…

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I have a guest post today that I’ve been meaning to share for a while. Over spring break, I had the opportunity to sit down with Dave Cass, an adjunct professor at University of Colorado at Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. Dave has held numerous positions in the world of higher education and is currently…

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I’ve been away from this blog for a bit. I’m making that final push at the end of my first year of law school. Classes are over and my first exam begins within 48 hours. But I wanted to share something. As I was studying today, I received a phone call from BO. It was…

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I recently discussed a (startling) case in which a homeless mother was sentenced to 12 years in prison for, among other things, “stealing an education.” This charge of first-degree larceny came after Tanya McDowell falsified her residency information in order to enroll her 6-year-old son in a neighboring school district. I thought it was crazy–yet…

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Wendy Kopp was on campus Thursday as part of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Askwith Forum series. She gave brief remarks about TFA before several current ed school students who are TFA alumni joined her. I wandered over from an amazing conference at the law school on “Closing the School to Prison Pipeline” (more…

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Mar 02 2012

On Stealing an Education


You read it right: an education can be stolen. Tanya McDowell, a homeless woman from Bridgeport, recently pleaded guilty to first degree larceny for fraudulently using her babysitter’s address to enroll her 6-year-old son in the neighboring town of Norwalk. As a result, she was sentenced to 12 years in prison. She only wanted a…

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