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What We're Reading: PPS-SF Staff Thanksgiving Week Reading List

posted Nov 24, 2015, 3:22 PM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Nov 25, 2015, 12:49 PM ]
Here are a few articles from around the web that have recently caught our attention.

From Education Dive
Thanksgiving was initially made a national holiday by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, as a means of celebrating the Union's victory at Gettysburg. Despite the long history of celebrations to give thanks that existed in many cultures, the "first" official American Thanksgiving is, however, often recognized as a feast between the pilgrims at Plymouth, MA, and the Wampanoag tribe of Native Americans. read more

From San Francisco Business Times
The pressure to get into a good college — and, with tuition prices rising, a good public university — has never been higher. We went through data from the University of California's Infocenter to see which San Francisco schools had the highest rate of admittance to the University of California, Berkeley. read more

From Rachel Norton's Blog
Lots of email after last Tuesday’s Board meeting, and comments too. I got one comment I decided not to post because I thought it was too likely to be misconstrued. Still, I engaged in a great exchange with the author–a parent of a young child new to SFUSD–and based on that exchange I think it’s helpful for me to rephrase his comment as a series of questions and answers. read more

From the Huffington Post
School’s Private Pop-up Shop Lets Underserved Students Buy Basics With Dignity
Students require more than just books to succeed in school, and this innovative resource is helping teens in need build confidence both in and out of the classroom. read more

From The New York Times
Twenty-four years ago this month, my wife and I married in Barcelona, Spain. Two weeks after our wedding, flush with international idealism, I had the bright idea of sharing a bit of American culture with my Spanish in-laws by cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner. Easier said than done. Turkeys are not common in Barcelona. The local butcher shop had to order the bird from a specialty farm in France, and it came only partially plucked. read more