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Valerie L
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someday, I'll be able to sing that high C.
someday, I'll be able to sing that high C.

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Mapping Equality: My September column for Ms.JD: 

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My Ms.JD column for April:

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"Some observers say the United States does not perform well in international competitions because it is a large, diverse country, with the highest child poverty rate among industrialized countries." Uh, that's an excuse? That's our shame, I think. And note that Massachusetts, a Democratically-controlled state that actually puts resources into education, outperformed the other US states and beat the average. Here's what you need to know: Shanghai jumped ahead after "investing in its most challenging classrooms." Here in the US, we invest in the classrooms with the squeakiest wheels. As a squeaky-wheel type myself, I don't think there's anything wrong with that, necessarily. But the emphasis on charter schools and vouchers means the squeaky wheels get moved to the top-performing schools, while the "most challenging" get nada.

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I consider myself extremely fortunate that I don't need to worry about these sorts of conversations during my family's holiday gatherings, but one never knows when one might need to be prepared, so...

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somehow you just can't listen to this too many times... 

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"when I am on old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat" indeed!

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That would actually be "Swedish WOMEN develop invisible bike helmet," but whatever. Anyway, the helmet is pretty amazing. 
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