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Patrice Apodaca

Patrice Apodaca is a Newport-Mesa public school parent and former Los Angeles Times staff writer. She is also a regular contributor to Orange Coast magazine. She lives in Newport Beach.
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Newport-Mesa bucks the national trend to make P.E. more relevant and inclusive

So many other not-fond memories come back to me - like the time I ran head-first into a pole on a baseball backstop, knocked myself silly, and split my eyebrow open

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Education shouldn’t be reduced to a cutthroat game of winners and losers

During a recent conversation with a college-level educator, I was struck by a comment she made. My teacher friend, who was raised outside the U.S., observed that intense competitiveness is an intrinsic feature of American education, and she sometimes found that particular attribute peculiar.

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