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

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

Robo-Education

"The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do." -B. F. Skinner It was just a matter of time. And time’s up. And to think how many Sunday afternoons I sacrificed reading and rating essays. All those margin scribbles ... and all those chin-up, keep-the-faith notes of encouragement. Had I taught in this moment … Continue reading Robo-Education

Andrew Cuomo: Democrat Genius

A genius he is not. Andrew Cuomo wants be president of the United States.  He also thinks he can sue the Supreme Court.  “We have a better legal case when the Supreme Court acts because I will sue when the Supreme Court acts …” How do you sue the Supreme Court? You can’t. There is … Continue reading Andrew Cuomo: Democrat Genius

Rule By Tantrum

An unfunny thing happened on the way to the Supreme Court … As if being costumed as five-foot vaginas isn’t silly enough …  a pack of liberal-feminists blasted out a  “pre-written — and poorly edited — statement from the Women’s March on President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination …”  Hmmm. The Women’s March? Ahhhh, nostalgia … … Continue reading Rule By Tantrum

ZERO

"We conclude that testing instruments that put children in a virtual stupor cannot be defended as sound testing practice … nor as a way to raise standards or serve as a foundation for high-stakes decisions ..." Well done, Bill Gates! Bravo, David Coleman! Take a bow … Arne Duncan and John King. And special thanks … Continue reading ZERO