WE SHOULD ALL BE PLUMBERS – Marilyn Armstrong

Fandango’s Provocative Question #59 What does it mean to you in the 21st century to be well-educated? When I was growing up, you had to get good grades in school. You needed them so you'd be better positioned to get good grades and maybe a scholarship in high school so you could go to college. … Continue reading WE SHOULD ALL BE PLUMBERS – Marilyn Armstrong

EYEWITNESS TO HISTORY – BY ELLIN CURLEY

The time I was in college combined with the place where I went to college made my college experience truly unique. The time was 1967-1971, a dramatic period in national history. The place was Barnard College, the all-female school affiliated with Columbia University in New York City. I was at the epicenter of a major … Continue reading EYEWITNESS TO HISTORY – BY ELLIN CURLEY

REMEMBERING HIGH SCHOOL – Marilyn Armstrong

I had no choice about what high school I'd attend. In New York, unless you were going to one of the four or five special schools for performers (that's where "Fame" came from, the New York School for Performing Arts) or the few for math and sciences and there were a couple of others, but … Continue reading REMEMBERING HIGH SCHOOL – Marilyn Armstrong

EDUCATION AND HOMEWORK – Marilyn Armstrong

FOWC with Fandango — Homework This is a little rant about schools, educational funding, underpaid, exhausted teachers, outdated textbooks, and overpriced colleges lacking state and federal backing. In the years since I graduated from college in 1967, I've been watching what was a mediocre school system get much worse. I see legally required fancy buildings which … Continue reading EDUCATION AND HOMEWORK – Marilyn Armstrong

THIS IS NEWS? YOU SERIOUS? – Marilyn Armstrong

The latest hot scandal that rich people pay to get their kids into college is not news. It wasn't news in 1963 when I started college. Literally, everyone knew that if you had the money to make a major donation (building new edifice on campus could get all your kids into school), you'd get your … Continue reading THIS IS NEWS? YOU SERIOUS? – Marilyn Armstrong

IF YOU DON’T DO THE RESEARCH – Marilyn Armstrong

RDP Sunday - Mentor I never think of myself as having had mentors. I suppose I thought they were supposed to announce themselves or wear an ID that said "Mentor" on it. They were the teachers that listened to me. Who really read the papers I wrote and didn't give me an automatic "A" because … Continue reading IF YOU DON’T DO THE RESEARCH – Marilyn Armstrong

PRIVILEGE AND ALCOHOL ABUSE – BY ELLIN CURLEY

Since Brett Kavanagh, the Supreme Court nominee, now Justice, has been in the news, so have discussions about excessive drinking among teenagers. Apparently, there are studies that show that rich, privileged teenagers are more likely to abuse alcohol. An article in the Washington Post on September 28, by Suniya S. Luthar, is subtitled “Affluence is … Continue reading PRIVILEGE AND ALCOHOL ABUSE – BY ELLIN CURLEY