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Growing up black in a white world

Suzanne McCabe January 31st, 2014

At age 5, Idris Brewster and his best friend, Seun Summers (shown here, left to right), were accepted at the Dalton School in New York City.

Was writing Holden a mistake?

Suzanne McCabe January 23rd, 2014

Like many readers, I think about the fictional Holden Caulfield with fondness. When I first read The Catcher in the Rye I was about 12, which may explain why I...

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Not that we don’t love Mary Poppins

Suzanne McCabe January 15th, 2014

"I'm not a Mary Poppins kind of person," says Carmen Fariña in a profile in today's New York Times.

Can Common Core succeed?

Suzanne McCabe January 9th, 2014

On Christmas Eve, while one of my nephews was preparing to seize the last of my real estate holdings in Family Guy Monopoly, I missed this PBS segment about the Common...

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The Common Core essentials: 5 things to read if you're starting from scratch

Suzanne McCabe December 20th, 2013

Have you heard praise or criticism about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and wondered what people were talking about?

Holiday gloom? Read Fran Lebowitz.

Suzanne McCabe December 12th, 2013

With brightly-lighted trees and beribboned packages, the holiday season is a time of wonder. But as with life itself, that sense of wonder can soon turn to melancholy.

The Reader as Narcissus

Suzanne McCabe December 6th, 2013

In college, I studied Shakespeare with a brilliant scholar named Edward Tayler. One of his most repeated phrases—"the Reader as Narcissus"—still echoes in my mind.

"Four score and seven..."

Suzanne McCabe November 19th, 2013

"The world will little note, nor long remember," President Abraham Lincoln said on a Pennsylvania battlefield 150 years ago today. Little note? Lincoln's eulogy to the...

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Common Core under the microscope

Suzanne McCabe November 5th, 2013

On November 4, the Education Writers Association hosted "Common Core at the Crossroads: What Comes Next?" Reporters and educators at the D.C. conference discussed issues...

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The mysterious life—and death—of JFK

Suzanne McCabe October 28th, 2013

On January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th U.S. President. His stirring challenge, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for...

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