The Gift of Living in the Present – A Musing With Malcolm

“Thirty-six,” he said, looking up at his mother and father. “That’s two less than last year.” “Darling, you haven’t counted Auntie Marge’s present, see, it’s here under this big one from Mummy and Daddy.” “Alright, thirty-seven then,” said Dudley, going red in the face. Harry, who could see a huge Dudley tantrum coming on, began … Continue reading The Gift of Living in the Present – A Musing With Malcolm

The Top 10 Educational Issues From 2018 That Need Our Attention in 2019

Like every other year, 2018 has been a rather contentious, perplexing, and frustrating year for public school advocates. There is simply a lot working against us. However, that only means that we keep fighting for public schools. As the new year arrives, it might be worthwhile to review the top ten public education issues that surround … Continue reading The Top 10 Educational Issues From 2018 That Need Our Attention in 2019

Tests Can’t Measure the True Strength of Schools And Other Reasons Your Kids Aren’t Numbers

Invariably, in many social situations, I am asked that same ubiquitous question many people face: “So, what do you do for a living?” And when I answer that I am a teacher the reactions are varied.  “Wow, that must be exciting!”  “Do you guys still use red ink?” “How do you handle those kids?” “I … Continue reading Tests Can’t Measure the True Strength of Schools And Other Reasons Your Kids Aren’t Numbers

The Best “Technology” in the Classroom is The Well-Resourced Teacher

So much has been written and posted in education news outlets concerning the use of technology in North Carolina. Lt. Gov. Dan Forrest recently touted that every classroom in North Carolina is now hooked up to high speed broadband. Mark Johnson talked about purchasing iPads for teachers with magically appearing money. Former Gov. Bev Perdue … Continue reading The Best “Technology” in the Classroom is The Well-Resourced Teacher

These Were Ten of the Top Education Issues Entering 2018…

What has been done in the last twelve months to address these issues? And what can a break in the NCGA's supermajorities do to further ameliorate these issues? From a post in December 2017: Like every other year, 2017 has been a rather contentious, perplexing, and frustrating year for public school advocates. There is simply … Continue reading These Were Ten of the Top Education Issues Entering 2018…

Even At Christmas, the NCGA Uses School Children as Political Pawns – SB 469’s Modification of the Disabilities Grant

Our public schools should be able to go out of their way to accommodate children with disabilities. Whether that means more resources, more teacher assistants, more trained personnel, or more professional development, then that should be invested in. Actually, it's the law. It's called IDEA: the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. It stipulates that students … Continue reading Even At Christmas, the NCGA Uses School Children as Political Pawns – SB 469’s Modification of the Disabilities Grant

Save the Date! Respect For Public Education Regional Meetings

From NCAE: SAVE THE DATE: • What: A day of connecting, learning, and collective planning to win the public schools our students deserve led by the North Carolina Association of Educators • Who: All public school educators, students, parents, and community supporters • When/Where: 10 AM to 4 PM  o January 19th→ Raleigh o January … Continue reading Save the Date! Respect For Public Education Regional Meetings

This North Carolina Teacher’s Letter to Santa

Dear Santa, With gerrymandered districts and continued emphasis on using public taxpayer money to finance unproven reform efforts that do more to privatize and divide our student bodies, I thought it might be worth adding a few items to my holiday wish list. Sure, I want efforts to clean our environment and hold entities accountable … Continue reading This North Carolina Teacher’s Letter to Santa

We Lost a Titan Today – Remembering Coach Mark Kinney

We lost a Titan today. A beloved coach, mentor to young men, and vibrant member of our community. There are many realizations that I have come to understand as a high school teacher. One is that community involvement in a school is paramount to a school's success. Another is that school athletics are a vital … Continue reading We Lost a Titan Today – Remembering Coach Mark Kinney