Monday, December 5, 2011

So, who is this lady anyway?

Photo Credit Maxwell Barna, New Brunswick Patch

I didn't know her before March of 2011 either, but strangely enough, it's me.  That's when I went to my first meeting about the opposition to the third application of the Tikun Olam Hebrew Language Charter High School in my hometown of Highland Park, NJ.  On my way out the door I remember turning to my husband and saying, "I'm afraid if I go to this meeting I'm going to get more involved in this than I want to."  Damn, was I ever right.

Now less than 9 months later I am helping to plan to Occupy the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE).  How did I go from "mom" to "Mother Crusader" in this short time?  I'm hoping to use this blog to detail the things I have learned along the way, and how the goings on in tiny little Highland Park, NJ exemplify some of the more troubling aspects of the big ed reform debate swirling around our state and our country.

Stay tuned….


  1. Welcome to the blogosphere! Glad you're here - I'm looking forward to reading your stuff. -JJ

  2. Such an auspicious welcome, thank you!

  3. Glad to find you.
    - Rosi Efthim at Blue Jersey

  4. Great to hear about your blog -- your story is very similar to mine, and at K12 News Network I'm putting together a network of parents, educators, and students to get word out on what's happening locally even as we connect across our respective states and nationally.

    Some things we're up against, imho:
    The Gender Politics of Education Reform:


    Would love to add you to my blogroll. Looking forward to what you report on next!

  5. Hi Cynthia! As soon as things calm down here a bit I will spend some serious time checking out your site. I am so glad you found me, and I look forward to learning more about what you are doing.

    I would really appreciate the add! I am new to the whole blogging thing, but am not only enjoying it but finding it a very powerful tool!

    Talk soon I hope!

  6. Hello. I have a question for you in terms of a possible source of your inspiration. I am a student doing research at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Can I ask you one question about your inspiration? It is not an official interview. You can reach me at I would appreciate your time. Thank you.