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

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

This Is What It’s Come To …

A picture is worth a thousand insults. She's the newest liberal hero. A star. She’ll be all over television. You?  You’re not a hero. You’re a Deplorable. You’ll be at work. She counts. You don’t. She’s from the Democratic Republic of the Congo … and she came all the way here to tell us we … Continue reading This Is What It’s Come To …

Happy Teacher Exasperation Month!

Geniuses are the most dangerous creatures in the universe ... and do you know why God made so few?  To limit the suffering of teachers. Dweebers are educational pests. They make these fly-by observations …  scurry back to their sticky keyboards … and tell real-deal teachers how to do their jobs. Let’s imagine those same … Continue reading Happy Teacher Exasperation Month!

One Bad Kid

Leland Dodge spent his middle school years dodging one very bad kid. He loved his middle school … he just hated the third floor quad. His math and science classes met there. It’s also where he met Dutch Holland. The one very bad kid. Leland Dodge went by “Fiver”. That’s what everybody called him. He … Continue reading One Bad Kid

The End of Wisdom

"After 32 years ... I couldn't take it any more. I vowed to fight CC ... It was killing me to do the ridiculous and stupid things that the supervisor and principal thought were necessary. They were able to brainwash the young teachers... [and] if teachers talked negatively about CC, they could be easily replaced. … Continue reading The End of Wisdom

The Union Loves Me … Or Loves Me Not?

“I formed important bonds … some of which continue to this day. They told me things they told no one else. Mined me for knowledge and advice. And together … we ironed out issues … big and small. And our lives got knotted. Sweetly tangled. I saw them come into my life …. and then leave me behind. And that ouched me. But that, too, was part of the bargain. And so I have this melancholy smile … and a trunk of sweet memories. But then there’s that other stuff. That union stuff. That’s changed. A lot...”

The Arizona Pricksters … And the Future of American Education

Get ready for some pissy-anger … the Pricksters are here … and they’re not a happy crew. Nasty is the new mad. Does anyone have the feeling that anger is the emotion "du jour" … because it’s gettin’ harder and harder to find a happy moment … anywhere? Especially in Arizona. Colleges have made free … Continue reading The Arizona Pricksters … And the Future of American Education