Author Archives

  • The System is Just Not Built That Way

    “Nobody who says, ‘I told you so’ has ever been, or will ever be, a hero.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin Every morning I drop my kids off at school, along with some of their friends. They are emersed in… Read More ›

  • Change Has Got To Come

    “We’re lost,’ she said. ‘We’re here,’ Bateman replied. They were both right.” ― Joseph Knox, The Smiling Man   My apologies, I’ve been a bit remiss in keeping to a regular schedule with the blog. About a month ago, I… Read More ›

  • How Much is a Punch in the Face Worth?

      “Every day there had been rotten cops in the news and still she had been bamboozled. ‘I mean, they’re supposed to protect people, right? How can they be so bad at their jobs?’ ‘They protect people from other people…. Read More ›

  • I Know Nothing!

    “Sometimes the best lie was just the truth left to ripen on the branch too long.” ― Lou Berney, The Long and Faraway Gone   Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the so-called “War on Public Education.” Every day… Read More ›

  • IT’S ALL BEEN REALLY NEAT.

    “Just because she’s one way doesn’t mean you’re the other, I try to tell myself. Her beauty doesn’t make you ugly. Her intelligence doesn’t make you stupid. Her value doesn’t make you worthless.” ― Megan Bannen, The Bird and the… Read More ›

  • IS HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF?

    “Southerners are an easygoing race when it comes to aberrations of conduct. They will react with anger if something out of the ordinary is presented as a possible future occurrence; but if an unusual circumstance is discovered to be an… Read More ›

  • UNPACKING THE NUMBERS GAME

    “Good writing begins with passionate reading.” ― Pamela Smith Hill, Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life   Over the weekend I was at the local Target picking through the remnants of Halloween candy and costumes when I heard a booming… Read More ›

  • NO THE SKY IS NOT FALLING, BUT…

    “A musician’s or artist’s responsibility is a simple one, and that is, through your music to tell the truth,” ― Tom Morello   It’s that time of year once again. Every year the National Assessment of Education Progress, or NAEP,… Read More ›

  • TRUST ME?

    “Can I trust you, Addy?” he asks. I say he can. Does anyone ever answer that question with a no?” ― Megan Abbott, Dare Me   Education policy and administration in America are a walking contradiction. Maybe its the same… Read More ›

  • MORE FUEL TO THE FIRE

    “there was no honor among thieves. Boys in the game only respected you in direct proportion to how much they needed you divided by how much they feared you.” ― S.A. Cosby, Blacktop Wasteland   Earlier in the week, we… Read More ›