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Categories : Relationship breakup Letters message Love. And I ran out the door, down the black summer streets. I ran until I forgot I was ten, until my heartbeat was all I could remember of my name. The time, in New York City, a week after uncle Phuong died, I stepped onto the uptown 2 train and saw his face, clear and round as the doors opened, looking right at me, alive.

I gasped—but knew better, that it was only a man who resembled him. His name lunged to the fore of my mouth before I caught it. Aboveground, I sat on a hydrant and called you.

Ma, I saw him. Ma, I swear I saw him.

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I was having a panic attack. And you knew it. And I listened, the phone pressed so close to my ear that, for the rest of the night, a red rectangle was imprinted on my cheek. If we are lucky, the end of the sentence is where we might begin. If we are lucky, something is passed on, another alphabet written in the blood, sinew, neuron, and hippocampus; ancestors charging their kin with the silent propulsion to fly south, to turn toward the place in the narrative no one was meant to outlast.

The time, at the nail salon, I overheard you consoling a customer over her recent loss. While you painted her nails, she spoke, between tears. I lost my baby, my little girl, Julie. You nodded, your eyes sober behind your mask.

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Your Julie, you went on , how she die? Cancer, the lady said. And in the back yard, too! She died right there in the back yard, dammit. You put down her hand, took off your mask.

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You leaned forward. My mom, too, she die from the cancer. The room went quiet. Your co-workers shifted in their seats. But what happen in back yard, why she die there? The woman wiped her eyes, looked into your face.

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You nodded, put on your mask, and got back to painting her nails. After the woman left, you flung the mask across the room. A fucking horse? For the rest of the day, while you worked on one hand or another, you would look up and shout, You guys, it was a fucking horse!

The time, at fourteen, when I finally said stop. Your hand in the air, my face stinging from the first blow. Stop, Ma. Quit it. I looked at you hard, the way I had learned, by then, to look into the eyes of my bullies.

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You turned away and, without a word, put on your wool coat and walked to the store. But we both knew it was over. Monarchs that survived the migration passed this message down to their children. The memory of family members lost from the initial winter was woven into their genes.


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When does a war end? When can I say your name and have it mean only your name and not what you left behind? The time I woke into an ink-blue hour, my head—no, the house filled with soft music. My feet on cool hardwood, I walked to your room. Your bed was empty. Ma, I said, my body still as a cut flower over the music. It was Chopin, and it was coming from the closet. The door etched in amber light, like the entrance to a place on fire. I sat outside it, listening to the overture and, underneath that, your steady breathing. But at one point I went back to bed, pulled the covers to my chin until it stopped, not the song but my shaking.

Ma, I said again, to no one, Come back. Come back out. Two final doctrines rounded out the indelible legacy of progressivism. In a child-centered class, the child determines what he wants to learn. Forcing children into an existing curriculum inhibits their self-actualization, Rugg argued, just as forcing them into neat rows of chairs and desks inhibits their creativity.

The teacher becomes an enabler, an advisor; not, heaven forbid, the transmitter of a pre-existing body of ideas, texts, or, worst of all, facts. Hirsch observes, the child-centered doctrine grew out of the romantic idealization of children. Seer Blest! But the Mighty Prophet emerged from student-centered schools ever more ignorant and incurious as the schools became more vacuous.

By the s and s, schools were offering classes in how to put on nail polish and how to act on a date. The notion that learning should push students out of their narrow world had been lost. The final cornerstone of progressive theory was the disdain for report cards and objective tests of knowledge. These inhibit authentic learning, Kilpatrick argued; and he carried the day, to the eternal joy of students everywhere. T he foregoing doctrines are complete bunk, but bunk that has survived virtually unchanged to the present.

The notion that one can teach "metacognitive" thinking in the abstract is senseless.

Students need to learn something to learn how to learn at all. The claim that prior knowledge is superfluous because one can always look it up, preferably on the Internet, is equally senseless. Effective research depends on preexisting knowledge. Moreover, if you don't know in what century the atomic bomb was dropped without rushing to an encyclopedia, you cannot fully participate in society. Lastly, Kilpatrick's influential assertion that knowledge was changing too fast to be taught presupposes a blinkered definition of knowledge that excludes the great works and enterprises of the past.

The rejection of testing rests on premises as flawed as the push for "critical thinking skills. But why would "teaching to a test" that asked for, say, the causes of the Civil War be bad for students? Additionally, progressives complain that testing provokes rote memorization—again, a bad thing.

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She points disdainfully to the following question from the New York State Regents Exam in biology required for high school graduation as "a rote recall of isolated facts and vocabulary terms":"The tissue which conducts organic food through a vascular plant is composed of: 1 Cambium cells; 2 Xylem cells; 3 Phloem cells; 4 Epidermal cells. Only a know-nothing could be offended by so innocent a question.

It never occurs to Darling-Hammond that there may be a joy in mastering the parts of a plant or the organelles of a cell, and that such memorization constitutes learning.

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