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In the Name of Equity

Our schools claim this is about “equity”. They say it is about “closing the gap”. Here is the problem, they are only prolonging the inequity that exists in the real world. No matter what they tell you, standards have been lowered. Criteria for getting into the Advanced Program and AP

The Tide is Turning

The tide is turning. I can feel it. I entered this fight about a year ago. At the time, I was angry, shocked, frustrated, and sad for the state of our school system and country. Since then, I have learned more than I ever wanted to know about critical race

Learn from the Past

We Can Learn from Our Past, But We Should Not Live There   Not many of us can look back on our childhood, adolescent, or young adult years with zero regret. There were choices, actions, and thoughts along the way that we are not proud of. During those times, there

Heavy Load

We Are Asking Our Children To Carry a Heavy Load   “So the line had stuck in my head. “Sex,” I was pretty sure, meant whether you were a boy or girl, and “sin” made Tante Jans very angry, but what the two together meant I could not imagine. And

Grading on a Curve

When I met my son’s engineering professor about 12 years ago, he told me that he never grades on a curve. When I asked him why, he answered “Because no one wants to be driving across the bridge or riding on the elevator built by the kid who got a

Parents, Participate!

When parents and school personnel build partnerships, the benefits can extend beyond the classroom.  These partnerships can take several forms: involvement or engagement.  According to the author of Building Parent Engagement in Schools, the main distinction between the two terms is telling versus listening. “ A school striving for family involvement often leads with

School Choice

One Scenario of School Choice What does School Choice look like? Here is one scenario. Parent: I do not approve of the curriculum materials that are being used in my child’s classroom. They are not progressing academically and they are coming home and sharing some ideas that are in opposition

Marriage Analogy

No Perfect Union No marriage is perfect. That’s because it is a union between two imperfect people. However, a marriage that focuses on what is good while working on the areas needing improvement will only grow stronger. Meanwhile, a marriage where the focus is primarily on the flaws and imperfections

Why?

Why? Why did I sign up to be a No Left Turn in Education Chapter President?   Someone recently asked me why I am doing what I am doing. I was thinking about that this morning. What is my motivation? The answer is gratitude. I am grateful for my God
A previous blog post on active learning presented evidence from several research studies indicating that the “low tech” method of handwriting notes provides certain advantages over the high tech note-taking on tablets and computers.  Handwriting notes enhanced the cognitive process, thus resulting in better retention. “The slower hand movements involved

The Case for Classic Literature

A war is waging in English departments around the country regarding the literature syllabus: Should teachers follow the canon of classical literature or encourage student choice of young adult or graphic novels? Choice supports student autonomy and self determination. On the other hand, Classics extend cognitive skills, improve vocabulary, writing,
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