Guest Blog – The new segregation: How can we have racial harmony when our kids go to segregated schools?

This is part of my series exploring parent choices and school integration which began with “Why do we have this d@med school lottery anyway?“ I’ve learned a lot from other parents’ experiences in my own exploration of dynamics like school choice, race, segregation and systemic racism. This begins a series of guest blogs from other parents from various backgrounds that I hope you’ll find thought provoking. The first...

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Segregation and The Best San Francisco Schools You’ve Never Heard Of.

tl/dr: Join the San Francisco Families’ Union January 9th at the African American Art and Culture Center in an exploration of segregation and what a good school actually looks like.  I had tears in my eyes while touring a public school in my neighborhood recently. I was standing in the corner of a gym, trying not to distract the kids from their work. They couldn’t have really cared less about me though, they were focused on their teacher...

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But would you send your kids there…?

But would you send your kids there…?

After my recent blog about the history of segregation in San Francisco and the school lottery I got a great response, as well as heartfelt questions from friends, mostly this: Would you send your kids to a school in __________ (insert rumored “bad” neighborhood/school here)? It’s a genuine question here that any parent understands in our gut. Regardless of our background or politics, as parents, we want the best for our kids. We secretly (or...

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What can a parenting coach do for me?

Shop Indie Bookstores “Momma, what can you do for me!?” This is what my four (& a half) year old says when he is supposed to be going to sleep. He’s already exhausted his bedtime routine (and exhausted me, but not himself, apparently) and wants me to say I’ll work on the couch, or stay in his room while he falls asleep, or pat his back or something. Bedtime is sometimes my favorite thing, and sometimes the thing I...

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Why do we have this d@mned school lottery anyway!?

Why do we have this d@mned school lottery anyway!?

This week of school assignments, I noticed a family hanging out in the park with children my age, and struck up a conversation. It turns out they are homeless. The five year old daughter who chased my son around (that’s his favorite game too!) got into John Muir, where there is a great principal & staff, in my humble opinion. The twelve year old daughter is sharp as a tack and charming; she loves reading magical comic books with dragons and...

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Going all in for me and my kids — an open conversation with my saboteur. 

Starting a business moved more quickly than I thought it would my first year and I met my goals with surprising ease. But now that it’s time to really ramp things up, I’m struck with a fear I didn’t know I had. I’m comfortable here on the tipping point, chugging along, but in a way, either going all in, or going back to being an employee – either side of the tipping point feels scary. This is a place many of my coaching clients find...

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