How schools are failing working parents — and how some are helping

How schools are failing working parents — and how some are helping

how schools fail working parents (Lidan Chen/for The Washington Post) I had gritted my teeth through most of the school-related demands at odds with my working mom life. The midmorning concerts and late-afternoon ­parent-teacher conferences. The mandatory “volunteer” slots at after-school drama club rehearsals. The half days that, for some reason, preceded every school vacation. The final straw came when a new after-school program didn’t have space for my son. I vented on Facebook and quickly learned I wasn’t alone. I heard from fellow working parents who had plenty of…

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Hernandez: Career and Technical Education Is Valuable for All Students — Not Just the Ones Who Bypass College

Hernandez: Career and Technical Education Is Valuable for All Students — Not Just the Ones Who Bypass College

If life were a game of Chutes and Ladders, career and technical education has historically been a chute, an off-ramp for students who, for a variety reasons, were not succeeding in “traditional” education. But students across the academic spectrum — even bachelor’s degree holders — are battling to find their footing in today’s economy. Our schools and colleges are good at sorting students, but few economically empower them. Career preparation is good for all kids, not just “those” kids. And if we want to build ladders to better opportunities, career…

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Sportsmanship pays — literally — in scholarship (column)

Sportsmanship pays — literally — in scholarship (column)

A local athletic director actually said to me, “If we are winning this award, we are losing games on the floor.” This award? The Gretchen Wolf Swartz Sportsmanship Award. And that mentality could deny students a shot at a big-time scholarship. The award is a team honor given each year to the YAIAA boys’ and girls’ basketball programs that best display the qualities of honesty, integrity, cooperation, courage, teamwork and discipline. These are high school kids earning recognition for superior sportsmanship. Yet this athletic director — a person in charge…

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Sportsmanship pays — literally — in scholarship (column)

Sportsmanship pays — literally — in scholarship (column)

A local athletic director actually said to me, “If we are winning this award, we are losing games on the floor.” This award? The Gretchen Wolf Swartz Sportsmanship Award. And that mentality could deny students a shot at a big-time scholarship. The award is a team honor given each year to the YAIAA boys’ and girls’ basketball programs that best display the qualities of honesty, integrity, cooperation, courage, teamwork and discipline. These are high school kids earning recognition for superior sportsmanship. Yet this athletic director — a person in charge…

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