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Literary Mama Rewind: School

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Welcome to Literary Mama Rewind!  Every few weeks we'll round up some of our favorite essays, stories, poems, columns, and reviews from the Literary Mama Archives relating to a particular theme. Kindergarten, elementary, high school, or college; this week we are headed back to school. All you have to do is click and read....


That Race to Nowhere (2009) became a kind of homework project for me is appropriate, because Vicki Abeles' powerful movie documents the mad pressures of homework on American children. And although Tony's and my kids are only eight and five, it spoke to us compellingly.

  • School for Mama by Cassie Premo Steele from the Column Birthing the Mother Writer

At thirty-five, Mary Beth looked younger than she was by about seven years, the same number of years as the age of her son, Sam, now in second grade at Lincoln Elementary School.

For months I'd worried that he wasn't ready. I felt torn and guilty -- how could I do this to my baby?

Whoever our children are, we have a stake in changing the cultural norm of disrespecting, harassing, and bullying kids who are different. It's time to decide, as a society, that torment needn't be a normal part of growing up.

High School Homework, 1965
I recall angry evenings
despairing at homework
that made no sense to me

Get up! We're running late, sweetie. Come on--get up! It's going to be gorgeous out today. Get up! Seriously--it's getting late, come on. Get up.

From the bottom of the hill, you can see him swinging on the monkey bars, you pause, consider if he needs you there, but you know you must go forward, climb the hill.

The first few days of her daughter’s spring break visit had been disappointing. On Saturday, Robin stayed out late with friends then slept past noon. She only emerged to eat a bowl of cereal, the milky dregs left in the sink for Maddie as though she were the family cat.

Amanda Jaros is a freelance writer living in Ithaca, NY. Her essay “Blood Mountain” won the 2017 Notes From the Field contest at Flyway Journal. Other work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines including, NewfoundLife in the Finger Lakes Magazine, Highlights for Children, and Cargo Literary. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Chatham University.

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