Emily Mann Writes about Paths to Violence Prevention


Violence Prevention & the Meaning of First Responders

By Emily Mann | Aspire Wire: Ideas, Conversation, Action | May 28, 2013

We should be outraged about it all. Columbine. Newtown. Aurora. Virginia Tech. Some stories of violence make the news and stay in the news.  Some stories we may not hear about at all. We won’t know the names of the victims.  But whether it is on the front page of the Boston Globe, the back pages of the  New York Times, or not in the paper at all, it is worthy of outrage.

Slate.com has been compiling homicides since Newtown. It is not a perfect record, but an approximation of the violence that is seen (even if not noticed) in America.  Spend some time there and you will learn about the men and women, children and infants, yes—infants, who have been killed by gun violence in the United States these past few months.  At my last look, it was 3,774 people. I’m outraged.

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Student success not just a measure of hard and soft skills


By Emily Mann | Aspire Wire: Ideas, Conversation, Action | December 4, 2012

In the United States, educational accountability has become almost synonymous with the use of standardized metrics to assess student knowledge. Pushed by both state and federal education policies, this testing-based conception of accountability has elevated math and reading within the school day. The assumption of the testing culture is that a foundation of math and reading should propel students successfully into college and beyond. However, these core academic skills are not the only ones that colleges consider when compiling their freshman classes. Most colleges tell prospective students and parents that they want a student body that is “well rounded,” and active socially, politically, physically and academically. Yet, what we see in most primary and secondary schools, as a function of the test culture (and against the better judgment of passionate and dedicated teachers), is a push for perpetually higher test scores on a few major subjects. This is sending a mixed message to students as they transition from high school to college, and it is a disservice to all students. Read More

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