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Comforting Words

Ashley Barlev, Queens College Student


Words With Friends. How apropos at this time, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Last October, as beloved friends and family dealt with the devastation caused by the storm, it became evident how powerful a simple note from a loved one could be to one who is suffering. Residents of Long Island and New York City received messages via Facebook, e-mail, and Twitter from people they had come into contact with throughout their lives – their parents whom they speak to everyday, their best friends from high school, and their bosses from their jobs six summers ago. According to some, writing is simply a tool used for academic purposes, but recently we have come to realize the effect it has on helping a community that has suffered greatly. Writing has become a means of reaching out to friends in order to ...

Common Core Standards

Kathryn O’Donoghue, Queens College Faculty, Doctoral Candidate in English


“Nothing’s wrong,” the school social worker says, which is the first lie. She wants to talk to me about my oldest daughter. Desi reverses her letters, transposes words, neglects punctuation, writes sentences that, with their randomized use of capitals, look like ransom notes. “Her teacher is concerned about her,” the 
social worker continues, which is the second lie. Next year Desi will take the third grade standardized tests in English and Math, along with every other public school student in the country. Her school won a prestigious national award this year and ranks in the top-ten of city elementary schools. Since the citywide school rating system subtracts points for lack of improvement, the new principal is eager to distinguish himself by raising the 
exacting standards of his predecessor. 
Moreover, teacher evaluation now rests upon the test scores of students. The ...

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