An Awful Calculus Facing Parents and Children

An Awful Calculus Facing Parents and Children

My 14-year-old son participated in some awful calculus today. He heard that there was an active shooter at my school and, though he wanted to text me for assurance that I was OK, indeed, still alive, he feared that a beep or vibration might alert a predator to my...
Why You Should Send Your Children to Public School

Why You Should Send Your Children to Public School

Any time you are quoted on Twitter, you have to brace yourself for the subsequent comments. Especially if Pastors for Children is the one quoting you. Their Twitter account is a favorite of trolls (education reformers, neo-libertarians and Christian nationalists) who...
An Affirming Home

An Affirming Home

When our oldest child started high school last fall, we prepared her the best we could. She’s brilliant, independent, and level-headed. We trusted her, but we were nervous. My husband and I both went to tiny schools in the middle of cow pastures in Texas. There are...
Why We Must Repent of Numbness and ‘Stay Angry’

Why We Must Repent of Numbness and ‘Stay Angry’

“Joy is the gift of love, grief is the price of love, and rage is that which protects what is loved.” I keep repeating these words of Valarie Kaur, an activist and spiritual teacher, over and over. Joy — so easily stolen. Grief — so unnecessary. Rage — so inescapable....