42 Things to Get Your Kid Ready for School

There are different rituals for different families at this season of the year. When I was little, I got a new pair of shoes and a new “outfit”. My brothers got new “clothes” because, as they explained to me with a sneer, boys don’t wear “outfits” after the age of two. Mom took her six More…

Did You Do It On Purpose?

What is the purpose we’re trying to achieve in a public school? As a Utah teacher, I can stretch a dollar until you can see through it. Our state legislature has achieved its purpose: Spend as little as possible on public schools. More…

Closing What Gaps?

I was recently honored to speak into a microphone in a Congressional hearing room and give my opinions about something called The Achievement Gap. It is a heady thing to be asked to give your opinion. Into a microphone. With people taking notes. In seven minutes. Or less. I am not a researcher. I am More…

Miss Lily, the Music Lady

For the past five years, I’ve been a volunteer in Miss Marilyn’s class here in DC. It’s not so much for the kids, I’ll admit. I need a kid fix or it’s hard to get through too many weeks. More…

Stupid Test

She’s a very Special Education teacher who is now teaching in Hawaii. She came up to me to give me a hug and to tell me she enjoyed my little speech on stupid testing. More…