Teachers are Babysitters!? Really?

I recently posted at my blog that part of a solid education reform package would be keeping kids out of school until they are developmentally ready–say 6 or 7 (granted that some are developmentally ready at 5, but that none are ready at 3 or 4). I posted this to my LinkedIn account and got… Continue reading Teachers are Babysitters!? Really?

$chool Reform and Common Core

A friend of mine posted a link to this essay on facebook. I thought I would expose it here since the author of the essay mentions several thoughts and ideas that I have also had quite independent of anyone else. The essay is here: The Coming Common Core Meltdown. Probably the most important thing about… Continue reading $chool Reform and Common Core

Book Review: Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

Title: Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me Author: Ian Morgan Cron Publisher: Thomas Nelson Page Count: 257 Date: 2011 Conversations on Courage and Faith [Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for a review on my blog. Go to Booksneeze for more information.]  I received my copy of… Continue reading Book Review: Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

Thoughts on Education Reform, pt 3: True Education Reform Starts at Home

True education reform will take place when we all work together to make certain every single child is given the best, free and appropriate public education available. And that starts at home.

9 Tips for (new) Special Educators

There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about the work I do and how I do it. More than once I have heard from other staff, who have spent any time in my room, that all teachers ought to spend a day in my self-contained, multi-disability resource room. I… Continue reading 9 Tips for (new) Special Educators

More Government Interference & Zero Tolerance

School should be a place of learning and joy and good memories, but when students have to live in constant fear of suspensions and expulsions for minor offenses–well, it takes its toll on everyone involved. It certainly isn’t helpful when everyone from the principal to the pre-school is at defcon 5 every minute, of every day.

Book Review: The Case for the Psalms

Title: The Case for the Psalms Author: N. T. Wright (Unofficial) NT Wright: Amazon Page Publisher: Harper Collins; HarperOne Page Count: 200 Date: 2013 There are many preachers and theologians I admire to the point of buying anything they write and listening to anything they preach. Among them are Eugene Peterson, D.A. Carson, Frederick Buechner,… Continue reading Book Review: The Case for the Psalms