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Trump got it right on education

anita pic“Let children go to whatever schools they want to. Do away with lottery schools.

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World Gone Wild

anita picAfter hearing about the two most recent shootings of black men in other states, as well as the shootings of five law enforcement officers and a few others in Texas, my heart and mind “double team” my thinking as I hear a persistent, painful inward voice asking both my heart and mind a series of questions.

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Are we intelligent enough to determine the intelligence of children?

hainesWith the recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the government has retreated from a decade of the test-and-punish philosophy engendered by the so-called No Child Left Behind Act and the coercive grants of Race to the Top.

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A new kind of cancer: Homegrown Terrorists

anita picCancer was once known as one of the most stubborn and undefeatable diseases of all time. Luckily and gratefully, through the ages cancer research groups, scientists, medical associates and cancer prevention advocates have worked diligently to find new ways to eradicate its vicious sting and devouring death bite.

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Can greatness be a byproduct of Greed, Inc.?

hainesThe presumptive Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump, proclaimed in late May, “There’s one more thing we have to do to make America wealthy again. And you have to be wealthy to be great, I’m sorry to say it.”

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Why the "minimum wage" should be a "living wage"

hainesFor the working class of this nation, the path toward progress has been a rocky road starting, as we did, with an investor class that believed labor to be no more than chattel.

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Safety Task Force needs inclusive ideas

anita picRecently, I read on the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) website that a Safety Task Force was being formed, apparently with the goal of finding ways and means to keep children safe from sexual predators on school grounds.

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Time to subtract 95 from the 495 equation?

hainesBuilt to accommodate approximately a quarter million trips daily in the mid-1960s, the Capital Beltway barely continues to function as a commuter route, running as it does at nearly double intended capacity.

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Visions: teen sexting should be a crime

anita picBeing the parent of a teenager, who literally shares a lot of her experiences at school with me, I was absolutely shocked when I had learned from my 14-year-old daughter that students at her school have conjured up a particular time of year to expose, via social media, “nude” photos of students.

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Moving forward with the Common Core?

hainesSince 2010, school systems across this nation have been altering their instructional programs to follow the guidelines of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) with mixed results. The outcomes have been uneven for many of the same reasons that other past reforms failed to perform uniformly across school systems, with inadequate training time being chief among them.

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