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Michelle Parrinello-Cason (Balancing Jane)
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Wife. Mother. PhD Student. Educator. Feminist. A look at the intersections.
Wife. Mother. PhD Student. Educator. Feminist. A look at the intersections.

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What Happens to a Community Disrupted? (The Rise and Fall of Blogging)
I started this blog almost exactly eight years ago (April 19, 2010). I was a graduate student who was a few months pregnant with my first child, and I was terrified because everywhere I looked there were articles and people telling me that there was no way ...
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The New Pro-Choice Movement: What is Betsy DeVos Talking About?
By now, you've probably seen at least portions of Betsy DeVos' mostly incoherent, completely embarrassing 60 Minutes  interview in which she seemed to be utterly unprepared for hard-hitting questions like "what is a school?"  In fact, the whole thing could ...
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Diverging Paths in Education: Someone Else's School (Part 2)
I recently wrote about the converging trends in education that make it seem increasingly likely that we're on the edge of a major shift in educational philosophy. I want to jump off from that point to look at how all those trends converging together to make...
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The Adventures of a Planner (Why I Can't Get My Life Together)
Perhaps it is a side effect of my anxiety and the tendency to project multiple possible intersecting outcomes into the future, but I am a really organized person, and nothing brings me calm like looking at my multi-colored electronic Google calendar. It mak...
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Converging Trends in Education: Is It All Coming Together Now?
I’ve been thinking a lot about the history and the future of education. I feel like I’m sitting at a particularly strong vantage point as a parent who has chosen homeschooling because of the limitations I faced in the traditional education options set befor...
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Well, What Was She Doing There Anyway? (On Buying Cars and Owing Sex)
By now, you've probably read all about "Grace" and her unpleasant encounter with Aziz Ansari. You've likely also read, or at least heard snippets of, the responses, many of which revolve around tried and tired tropes like "Well, why did she go to his apartm...
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Signs Pointing Toward the Future of Education
Laura McKenna has an excellent article at Edutopia about the shift away from letter grades . Here are some key takeaways from the article, but if you have a minute, you should go read the whole thing: Assessment policies don't match modern workplace demands...
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Postpartum Depression: The Recovery
A friend of mine shared one of my old posts today, and when the page views made it pop up in my blog stats, I re-read it and thought back on the experience that led to writing it. It was this post about suffering from postpartum anxiety and depression after...
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Every Episode of Black Mirror Season 4, Ranked
I thoroughly enjoy Black Mirror both as a general concept and in the execution of its individual episodes. While there are a few duds and the series is a bit ham-fisted with its moralizing much of the time, it ticks a lot of boxes for the criteria I use to ...
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Black Mirror's Arkangel: Privacy is Relative
This post contains spoilers for "Arkangel," Season 4, Episode 2 of Black Mirror . I just finished watching "Arkangel," and I had some thoughts about it. First, the show does an excellent job of making the mundane and ordinary moments of terror in daily life...
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