There are no “silver bullets” or “magic pills” when it comes to changing a school. There is no one thing that can be done, no standard blueprint, no Harry Potter spell that can be executed that will make a struggling school turn its fortune around overnight. Rather, transforming schools is a process – one that … Continue reading There Are No “Silver Bullets” or “Magic Pills” in Changing Schools – It’s About School Culture
Civil Discourse in Public Education “Reform” Cannot Happen If You Refuse to Involve Teachers
Over the last year (and week), much has been said about the need for civility and constructive dialogue especially when discussing the topic of public education. John Hood has a recent op-ed in EdNC.org entitled “Carolina needs civil, curious leaders.” It begins, If you are involved in politics and public policy in North Carolina, I … Continue reading Civil Discourse in Public Education “Reform” Cannot Happen If You Refuse to Involve Teachers
“At” The Table or “On” the Table – The Need for Teacher Input in Educational “Reform”
You can be either “at” the table or “on” the table. For teachers in North Carolina, there are many other prepositions that could identify the relationship between the legislation process and teacher input such as “under” the table, “without” a place at the table, or “behind” the table. But we are really never “at” the … Continue reading “At” The Table or “On” the Table – The Need for Teacher Input in Educational “Reform”
Open Letter to the Registered Voter Who Believes in Public Schools
Note: I have combed through all of my op-eds, posts, rants, and lists and compiled from them what follows as a last posting to help get people to vote next Tuesday for pro-public education candidates. The current General Assembly and governor are very scared of public school teachers and those who support them. Without their … Continue reading Open Letter to the Registered Voter Who Believes in Public Schools
Oh Brother, Where Art Thou Reform? I Mean Re-Form?
In October of 2014 toward the end of the contentious and expensive Senate Race between Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis, I wrote a piece that Chad Nance and the Camel City Dispatch kindly posted entitled “Oh Thom Tillis, Where Art Thou?” It explored the use of the crossroads motif in the film Oh Brother, Where … Continue reading Oh Brother, Where Art Thou Reform? I Mean Re-Form?