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  • THE LIMITS OF SPIN

    “When people make a contract with the devil and give him an air-conditioned office to work in, he doesn’t go back home easily.” ― James Lee Burke, In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead   Tennessee’s Governor Lee fancies himself… Read More ›

  • IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES

    “I don’t like questions. They invent the answers. The real answers are discovered, before you even know what the question is.” ― William McIlvanney, Laidlaw   The other day I was scrolling through my social media posts when I came… Read More ›

  • IS THE BIG TEST HEADED FOR THE BIG CRASH?

    “When you battle with your conscience and lose, you win.” ― Henry Youngman It’s been another one of the weeks. The kind that seems to grind you down, and leave you questioning your own grasp of reality. The kind that… Read More ›

  • IT’S ALL ABOUT THE TIMING

    “No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.” ― George S. Patton Jr.   For those of you who are unfamiliar, TOSS is the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents. All of Tennessee’s individual school superintendents are members, and… Read More ›

  • STOP, HEY, WHAT’S THAT SMELL?

    “Human knowledge progresses when people recognize that they may be wrong even on issues that seem certain to them. Wisdom involves openness to those who disagree with us. It is only when our ideas have been subjected to criticism and… Read More ›

  • CRAFTING THE DESIRED NARRATIVE

    My devil had been long caged, he came out roaring.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson   Sally Teacher took a final sip from her glass of champagne and placed the glass on the counter. The bell had rung 5 minutes ago,… Read More ›

  • KALIFORNICATION

    “Just the kind of girl I liked—the weirdo in the bunch.” ― Anthony Kiedis, Scar Tissue   You’ve got to hand it to Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education Penny Schwinn. Tennessee’s Department of Education has suffered under poor leadership for at… Read More ›

  • SHORT TERM SOLUTIONS WITH AN EYE TOWARDS FUTURE IMPLICATIONS

    “My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get in line, and… Read More ›

  • LIVING IN THE LAND OF CONFUSION

    “Human beings can be awful cruel to one another.” ― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn   A position on the local school board has always been a mixed bag. It is one that comes with little power or… Read More ›