April 26, 2016 |
IF ANY presidential candidates want to "Make America Great Again!" I know some wise souls who can tell them how. These sages are all underage, by the way. But you know what they say about kids: Out of the mouths of babes comes brilliant, simple advice that usually stuns the powerful, because it's not about pumping up wealth or ego. But it can carry us farther than greed or swagger ever will. The advice comes via students at three Philly public schools whose recent projects get to the heart of what makes for a healthy, resilient, thriving society: Compassion and kindness.
April 25, 2016 |
With her friendly smile, firm handshake, and stylishly oversize glasses, it's hard to imagine Eva Haydu, 17, not fitting in, let alone feeling unbearably sad. Yet not long ago, that was so. She didn't want to go to school. She gave up running track; she was too stressed, too easily tired. She was taken to a hospital because she felt like hurting herself. Some people at Gateway Regional High School "didn't understand how it feels to have anxiety," the junior said. "I was depressed.
April 1, 2016 |
IF YOU READ the paper or listen to the news, you probably have some opinions about the issues facing the Philadelphia School District. You know that Harrisburg's repeated slashing of education spending and its failure to come up with a fair and permanent funding formula continue to take a toll. Adding to that problem are questionable district priorities, which have resulted in: * More than 160 teacher vacancies, leaving at least 5,300 students without a full-time teacher this year.
March 30, 2016 |
Moorestown Friends School has launched an ambitious campaign to raise funds for a program that has been covering tuition and other costs for low-income students from Camden. The elite Burlington County school has already received contributions totaling nearly $3 million toward endowing its Camden Scholars Program, Head of School Larry Van Meter said. "I am extremely grateful to these lead donors for making such significant commitments to our school and to the Camden Scholars Program," Van Meter, an alumnus, said in a statement Monday.
March 20, 2016
DEAR ABBY: One of my close friends may be "ghosting" me. "Sarah" and I have known each other since middle school. We went to high school together and roomed together during our freshman year of college. We both transferred to different schools after that freshman year, but we made it a point to keep in touch. I was the first person she came out to. I helped her move into her new apartment the summer before grad school. In general, I think I've been a good friend to her. Last summer, we both moved back to our hometown - she for med school and I for a new job. I was excited that after five years, we were living in the same city again.
March 15, 2016 |
The allegations were horrific: Two football players at an academically elite high school held down a smaller freshman teammate trying to escape a hazing ritual, while a third used a broom handle to penetrate the younger boy's rectum. The three Conestoga High School students were charged with assault, unlawful restraint, and other counts - but not hazing. The lack of a hazing charge was the result of a "glaring omission" in state law, said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan.
February 26, 2016 |
Her closest friends say Taiah Thornton isn't a morning person. They say it as if they expect people not to believe it. Most have never seen Thornton without her trademark energy - laughing, talking, standing out in some way. She's usually at full throttle by fifth period, when the big three of the Camden Catholic girls' basketball team meet for lunch. "And once she starts," Julia Braungart said, "she doesn't stop. " You won't find many high school students with more conviction than Sierra Taylor.
February 21, 2016 |
Gabe Villegas says he looks up to his brother, Jon. He says it's a blessing to have a highly respected family member a grade ahead of him at Highland High School. He just doesn't like his older sibling's game. And the feeling is mutual. "He's the basketball player, I'm the wrestler," Jon Villegas said of the unique sports situation between the brothers. This has been a banner winter sports season at Highland, as the girls' and boys' basketball teams each have won Tri-County Royal Division titles (with a combined record of 23-1 in division play)
February 7, 2016 |
Natalie Pompilio is a Philadelphia writer Gathered in a classroom at Bristol Township's Harry S Truman High School, about 25 students from Drummers With Attitude are showing me what each can do with two sticks and an overturned bucket. And while the music was incredible, the change in some of the players is even more stunning. The boy who hadn't looked me in the eyes when I arrived? He is flipping his sticks in his hands and casting me side looks, grinning. Another teenager, who told me he doesn't like to show emotion, has his eyes closed and his lips slightly open as he plays, moving his body to the beat.
February 3, 2016 |
ONE OF THE MORE remarkable players at Super Bowl 50 won't play a snap. He is remarkable only partly because of football. Charles Tillman ended his 13th season, and possibly his career, with a torn ACL in the Panthers' regular-season finale. Thanks to a clever memoir aimed at the massive pre-teen book market, Tillman's legacy will encompass much more than appearances in two Super Bowls and two Pro Bowls. The Middle School Rules of Charles 'Peanut' Tillman (BroadStreet Publishing, $14.99 hardcover)