This is an appeal. Today the nationwide discussion is, and has been about accountability. Accountability for schools, for teachers, for students. Since the passage of NCLB, and ESEA before that - we have seen testing become the vehicle for how we assess accountability in public schools across the nation. I am an educator in Florida, … Continue reading An Appeal.
I love American Idol. I hate to admit it, but I do. One of my favorite parts of the show are the train wrecks who attempt to belt out Christina Aguilera at the top of their lungs. They think they're great - and they're not. When you think about it - it's actually kind of cruel. … Continue reading Honesty.
So, I was battling the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season and popped into my local Apple store while perusing the mall. As I checked out - it got me to thinking about what I am calling the apple question. What would Steve Jobs do [with education]? This question came to me as … Continue reading Hope.
What is our purpose? I believe this to be an overlooked question as it relates to our actions in public schools across this nation. I feel lost sometimes with no idea where to begin the discussion with fellow educators about initiatives that are going to change the system. A system that for the most part … Continue reading Purpose.
I was speaking with a group of high school freshmen repeat freshmen this past week. We were reviewing their "hot off the presses" progress reports, or lack there of reports. When I speak with students who are in situations like this - students that we in public ed label "at-risk" - I like to be … Continue reading Take It Easy