Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 12 — The defining moment

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Editor’s note: Since September, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a Pleasant Street tutoring center set to open early this year. This journey has not been without its roadblocks.

Creativity, as defined by Robert E. Franken, “is the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others and entertaining ourselves or others.”

If that doesn’t sound like an attribute every human on this plant should possess – even in small doses — then I have a skeptical vision of our future.

Brooklyn's creative mind seems to be a stumbling block in her education, at least according to explanations Giselle has received from WPS staff.

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

Brooklyn’s creative mind seems to be a stumbling block in her education, at least according to explanations Giselle has received from WPS staff.

Brooklyn, my daughter and inspiration for The Learning Hub,  has been categorized – negatively – as a “creative” person by her endearing public school.

Creativity, as defined by two staff members of Worcester Public Schools, is something possessed by a student who is “falling behind in reading” and “lacking a certain structure to maintain a neat desk” and (Oh, this is my favorite one) “not cut out for school.”


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