“Everybody Hurts” – Prioritizing Mental Health In High Schools With Some R.E.M.

Everybody hurts. Sometimes. Teach for twenty years in public high schools and you become entrenched in the lives of young people. Thousands of them. Literally thousands. If you take the avocation of being a teacher seriously, then that investment in young people is not confined to the four walls of a classroom and not restricted … Continue reading “Everybody Hurts” – Prioritizing Mental Health In High Schools With Some R.E.M.

First Day Back to School, 2017 – Day 4,141– An Open Letter to Teachers

Tomorrow begins my 13th year at my current school, the Home of the Titans. Tomorrow begins my 20th year of teaching – three schools so far. Hope I stay at my current school the rest of my career. Tomorrow is my 4,141st day in high school as a student and teacher (non-workdays) That does not … Continue reading First Day Back to School, 2017 – Day 4,141– An Open Letter to Teachers

Welcome Back to School 2017-2018 – Mark Johnson’s Empty Video Address

With a new school year starting in North Carolina, it usually is customary for leaders of school systems and individual schools to offer words of encouragement and support to teachers to help inaugurate classes. State Superintendent Mark Johnson offered his first “Welcome Back to School” video to teachers this past week, and while it seems … Continue reading Welcome Back to School 2017-2018 – Mark Johnson’s Empty Video Address

“Neighborly, Noble, and Nice” – The TITANic Standard That is Jim Coghill

It does happen fairly often. Standing in a grocery store or other retail venue in the Triad area, someone will look at my garb, see that I am affiliated with West Forysth and comment that he/she went to West. Many ask if there are still certain teachers still at West or if I may have … Continue reading “Neighborly, Noble, and Nice” – The TITANic Standard That is Jim Coghill

Concerning the Mental and Emotional Health of Public School Students

To say that our young people deserve the best education possible goes without saying, and with the North Carolina General Assembly’s glossy championing of “reforms” like charter schools and vouchers to promote “school choice,” it can be easy to overlook the reality that faces schools when they are underfunded. With all of the talk from … Continue reading Concerning the Mental and Emotional Health of Public School Students

Teachers, What We Do Cannot Really Be Measured

Public school teachers, You can’t really be measured. In fact, those who are measuring you do not have instruments complex enough to really gauge your effectiveness. If you are a public school teacher in North Carolina, you are always under a bit of a microscope when it comes to accountability. Everybody in the community has … Continue reading Teachers, What We Do Cannot Really Be Measured

Items of the Week For August 13-19

For all of you former AP Lang students, these are your items of the week: Heather Heyer Steve Bannon Boston Barcelona Kissimmee Kennedy Center Awards Gala USS Indianapolis Dick Gregory and Jerry Lewis North Korea     Your political cartoons of the week: And the ad of the week: