GOOD-BYE, COLUMBUS

All that's left of Columbus Day is a sale on runny ricotta ... and some crappy cannolis. As far as I can figure, somebody put dead Christopher Columbus on trial … sent his bones to prison ... where he was strung up by righteous liberals. So this is a sort of ghost holiday. It's here ... … Continue reading GOOD-BYE, COLUMBUS

September 12, 2001

Every now and then life slips into technicolor … because a particular moment is so glorious … or so frightfully tragic. We've  all seen things we wish we could unsee … and we tuck that hard stuff deep down inside. And it stays safe there … until something wakes it up. In this morning’s twilight-sleep, … Continue reading September 12, 2001

The Newest Middle School Fad: Socialism

Middle school fads ain’t what they used to be.  Forget Silly Bandz, jean skirts, and Abercrombie. Those were all run-of-the-mill fads. Rages that raged …  and then vanished very quickly. . That was innocent stuff … but innocence ain’t so plentiful anymore. Schools have hardened kids with grit and rigor. Ordealed them with testing mania. … Continue reading The Newest Middle School Fad: Socialism

The Kids in the Cheap Seats

A Tale of Two Schools  "I'll be returning to the highest poverty school in Spokane in less than a week. Highest Homeless. Highest Refugee. Highest ESL. Please. Please. Grit is not the answer. Please, let these children experience art, music, movement, projects, building, exploration, curiosity, fun ... DAILY ... Not push push push ... Not … Continue reading The Kids in the Cheap Seats

The Lost Schools

Check your child for neck bolts … the educational Frankensteins are at it again.  Forget geography, language arts, and math … schools are now all about feelings. And emotions. And attitudes. It’s the hot-rage in education … the creepy premise that schools can instill acceptable human emotions and reactions in your child because … I … Continue reading The Lost Schools

The New Social Jokester Warriors: Kinky Librarians

Little Red Riding Hood doesn’t stand a chance. There are creepier dangers than the Big Bad Wolf. Like librarians. That’s right. Librarians. But first … Why is everyone now identified by a sexual descriptor? Is sexuality the new ID? Who are these creepy misfits who just can't resist sexualizing everything from pronouns to puppet shows … Continue reading The New Social Jokester Warriors: Kinky Librarians

Pushing Parents Around

It’s all too clear that there are some schools that think they must save your children … from you.  Yes. You. Doctrinaire teachers, administrators, and boards of education have become presumptuous and smug.  And their contempt for parents is grounded in their surety that …  in all matters, not just academics. … parents fall short. … Continue reading Pushing Parents Around

Who Killed Mister Rogers?

Childhood is taking a beating … pounded by ill-intentioned adults who seem in a special hurry to disease it with a certain regimentation. Quick to poison any spontaneity or innocence … and slam kids into adulthood before their own childhood is barely underway. What the heck are we doing? The last decade has seen furious … Continue reading Who Killed Mister Rogers?

Something’s Not Right Here

National Blue Ribbon Schools … supposedly the best schools in the nation. And they have signs to prove it.   Some even have Hollywood lighting … and others are really, really big. A few are set in their own botanical gardens … and a handful are bolted to walls. The signs look pretty impressive … … Continue reading Something’s Not Right Here