Bringing Schools to Life

Originally posted on Open Salon on March 15, 2012:            It is a simple truth: staggering amounts of money—in excess of $600 billion—are spent each year on educating our nation’s children, and as a result, our public school system operates under an enormous burden of scrutiny.  Political sticks and carrots—like No Child Left Behind and Race [...]

No Excuse for the Narrow Focus of Our Schools

Originally posted on Open Salon on October 2, 2011:            I have been a teacher now for over twenty years, and I have split my career between the middle- and high-school levels.  Five years ago, I decided to pursue a second master’s degree, this one in school administration, and I attended the Rutgers University Graduate School [...]

How I Dress at Work

 Originally published on Open Salon on April 9, 2011:            Recently, I have given a great deal of thought to a particular tendency in our culture that has powerful implications, not only for my work as a teacher, but also for society as a whole.  A personal anecdote serves as an introduction.            For about twenty years [...]

Teachers, Unions, and Reasons to Reflect

Originally posted on Open Salon on March 3, 2011:            Any true education blog must, in this moment, provide commentary on public policy set at the state level and its impact on public education.  Let the highest profile examples and the obvious points come first: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is clearly targeting teachers.  He is attacking [...]

Classrooms Have Changed Along With Our Society

Originally posted on Open Salon on January 30, 2011:                The initial post on this blog raised some questions to be taken up at a later date.  Now might be a good time to explore some realities that have emerged in the modern public school classroom—realities that may not be entirely clear to people who have [...]

Education: Public Institutions, Human Interaction

Originally posted on Open Salon on December 29, 2010: There is no soft way to put it: public education today is under fire, and the top concerns are funds and accountability.  Each year hundreds of billions of dollars are spent on educating our nation’s children, and test results show that many students are not receiving [...]