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Mary Rice-Boothe's Blog – January 2011 Archive (4)

Lifting as they Climb in Rockford, IL

Step One...

Rockford, Illinois has had the honor of being listed as one of America's worst cities by the Rand McNally Corporation and Money magazine.



Due to a separating highway, there are two clear sides of Rockford—West and East. The West includes an abandoned downtown and is plagued by poverty and high crime rates. There are huge areas of old established neighborhoods with vacant homes and no one wishing to…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on January 31, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Lost in Language

Language defines a culture, through the people who speak it, what it allows speakers to say—the stories told and history recorded.

 

As a young child you grasp at as many words as you can. You repeat and imitate what is said around you. It’s okay if you say them wrong the first time...it’s the curiosity and the struggle that keeps a toddler coming back for more.

 

Once we learn the words we use it to uplift, degrade, personify, describe…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on January 27, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Filled with Good Intentions



I have a love/hate relationship with my former high school.

 

I love that I got a strong academic education that prepared me for college. I love that I received personal attention and was in an environment that allowed ‘free periods’ and opportunities to get off campus and explore career interests. I hate that in the early 1990s, I was the single…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on January 24, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Diversity Matters

In 1954, education in the United States was supposed to change. The inequities that young children of color had faced for decades were to be erased giving equal access to everyone. Finally, there was to be diversity in education.

But what did diversity mean in 1936, or 1966 or 2006? There are many schools trying to…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on January 22, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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