Most recently published stories in Education.
Heteronormativity at School
It's no secret most of the population is heterosexual. While the LGBT+ population has made great strides in fighting to be seen and heard, heterosexuality is still seen as the 'default' sexuality by the global population.
Richard and I in Fiddler on the Roof, October 2016. No Excuses Three weeks after my 10th birthday, I had an experience that would be the beginning of a change in the way I see myself. I walked into the Dayton Jewish Center multipurpose room, hit a button on a CD player, sang my best “Colors of the Wind,” and went home. There was no way I’d get to hear the word "yes." No way the kid who looked like me would get a shot. Two days later, I got the phone call informing me that I had been cast into the ensemble of a production of Fiddler on the Roof. The seemingly impossible had happened—I was being told yes. After what seemed like a lifetime of being told I couldn’t, I was being given a shot. That was when the theatre bug bit—hard and fast.
Teaching English Overseas
It’s something many people desire, to pick up and go. To embark on an adventure, and leave our mundane lives behind. The idea brings pleasure, but the reality is that most of us need some sort of assurance in order to fully be able to embrace the situation for what it is. Whether it be a travel companion, the blessing of loved ones, or attending school, we tend to long for the adventure with a safety net. For me, that safety net was a job. To be honest, I had recently completed my Bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies, and had a direction but nothing to back it.
What I Want with a Law Degree
I want to spend my first three years of Law school at Santa Clara University, never mind the three years or so I’m going to take to get my general education retaken, done, etc. I don’t have my transcript from my junior college yet, but I know which classes I need to do better in, because it is almost memorized. It is quite the long trip to my junior college by light rail, and it has to wait a touch until I’m ready to enroll in online psychology class. I also need my knee all the way better since my junior college has hills.
I Hated My Primary School
I went to two different primary schools, neither of which were perfect. The second one was, however, significantly better. But I even hated nursery. The time where you're supposed to have the most fun during school. It's basically a daycare with learning colours and shapes.
Going on a Year Abroad in High School - Pros and Cons
It is a well-known fact that you can go abroad for a year in university or college and, in fact, a lot of people do do that. What, as I find, not everybody knows, is that you can also go on a year abroad in high school. This used to just work if your school had a sort of partner school somewhere else and someone was willing to swap places with you, which is why these years are often called exchange years. However, nowadays, you can just go on your own or more commonly with the help of one of many companies out there who offer such programmes.
It Gets Better, I Promise
Today I had an interesting experience; I had to get my transcripts to apply to college by going directly to my old high school. I’ve heard other schools will mail it for you if pay 12$, but my old high school make you come get it for 5$. Not only would they make more money if they mailed it for you, but it would prevent older people walking around in a high school. A building full of under-aged gullible teens. I can’t help but feel there wasn’t a lot of thought put into this, but that was the exact problem I noticed during my brief visit there. The whole system didn’t make any sense.
Why School Isn't So Useful
School has been known to educate people and help them get to a good college and then advance in their future. You know your parents will most likely tell you to get good grades that will help you in the future to get a job. BUT...that isn't the right way to proceed in life. School doesn't prepare you for real life, but actually makes you "academically smart." These are things that you mostly don't need to know about. The world is changing rapidly, but school hasn't changed a bit. It's our time to shine and understand that just because you did good in school doesn't really mean anything.
When My Teacher Became the Bully...
Have you been a victim of a educator who shamed or humiliated you simply just because your different from the rest of the class? Unfortunately, we've all fallen victim to this form of bullying. Let me just say that my second grade teacher was a woman and I feared her. It all started when I was eight years old and years before I was diagnosed with a learning disability. I already had poor reading and comprehension skills as well as my stuttering which my teacher was well aware of, and I couldn't understand why this teacher was so impatient and too cruel when she would handle her students who had disabilities.
Becoming an Adult
When you were in high school, you probably weren’t sitting around calculating how much debt you’d rack up by choosing to continue your education. If you were like me, you were worried about things like Friday night football and prom. When I was in high school, I didn’t know the difference between a subsidized and unsubsidized loan. I didn’t know how much I would have to be paying out of pocket to attend college. Now I’m stuck wishing I would have been more aware of my finances… and I’m guessing I’m not the only one.
Home School Freshman
I started homeschooling my daughter after a series of unfortunate events at her school. It was not the usual suspect of bullying but simply the lack of everything outside Math and English (sorry Language Arts). As a person from the XY generation who is borderline millennial, seeing how careers changed in the space of 20 years, I panicked! How will this content of education prepare my child for what’s next?!
Why The Arts Are Important
Art is a form of expression. Bottom line, that's what art is. And without expression, one cannot formulate any sense of emotions. Art allows me, among many, many others, the opportunity to broadcast who I am as well as what I believe in. Theater has made a significant impact on society and the way we see things.