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November 08, 2011

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This incident at Horace Mann makes me speculate about the environment of that high school and of the kids' lives with their families, in their homes.

>>>It has revealed a reality that had been all but invisible to the administration.

Somehow I doubt that. Administration knows what's going on. That's why they're administration. The fact is, most high school administrations are not empowered to significantly alter the lives and attitudes of the students in their charge, and in many cases are not inclined to do so anyway. This is what I have seen in schools in New Mexico, Syracuse, Hartford, DC, and Chicago.

Denise is one of the best poets writing today. Her poems are smart and generous. I really regret missing her reading this evening in NYC. Break a leg.

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