Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘high school’


The Boy Who Taught Me How to Be a Teacher

The Boy Who Taught Me How to Be a Teacher
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Once you get old enough, you start to develop a perspective about how life’s random puzzle pieces have come to connect. Some pieces attach by sheer force, some settle gradually; but there are others whose fit becomes apparent only after the passage of years. I was fortunate enough to be hired as a high school […]

The Race to Nowhere

The Race to Nowhere

A new documentary, Race to Nowhere, skewers high school students’ overly demanding academic and extracurricular schedules. The result of so much stress, according to the film, is sleep-deprived, time-starved, overtested and, incredibly, under-educated American kids.

Back to School: The Questions

Back to School: The Questions

“Miss, don’t you ever get mad?” “Miss, does a crime record hurt you for college?” “Miss, you’re wearing different shoes! Does that mean you got a place to live?” Every day students ask me the unexpected. Every day I answer as honestly as I can. We’re in our fourth week of school. The familiarity of […]

Freshman Orientation for Parents

Freshman Orientation for Parents

As our baby gets ready to start her last year of high school next week, we’ve got back-to-school on the brain. You probably do, too. So herewith our neighbor Lian Dolan (author of the upcoming novel Helen of Pasadena) writing from her year-long vantage point as a high-school parent for Oprah.com: When my son started […]

Lian on The Race to Nowhere

Lian on The Race to Nowhere

Pasadena writer Lian Dolan is not only a Satellite Sister and the author of the upcoming novel Helen of Pasadena—she also writes for Oprah.com. And her latest piece about the documentary Race to Nowhere, which screened recently in South Pasadena to sold-out crowds, hits home big time in our community, which is packed with high-pressure […]

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