Category Archives: Education

All the news, lessons, and frustrations of my life as a teacher.

My Letter to Dr. Jason Glass, Superintendent of Jeffco Schools

Dear Dr. Glass: I have been in leadership positions myself a number of times and have always felt that it was vital to get community input as I crafted the way forward for whatever group I led. This is why … Continue reading

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Stories Untold, Heroes Unsung

I just finished watching 13 Reasons Why, primarily because I am a high school teacher and I know my kids are watching it, and as an ACE teacher, I deal with all of the issues brought up in this series…Anyway, this blog is for teens, so I hope readers share it as they see fit, especially with kids.
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The Problem

I once read an interview of a nutritionist who said if he could eliminate one thing from the American diet, it would be cheese. That’s right—cheese is what’s causing the obesity epidemic. Not candy, not soda; in a fast food … Continue reading

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Good Schools for Every Kid

No matter where she goes (like Bethune-Cookman), Betsy DeVos can’t catch a break. Some of that is backlash to her connection to Trump, something arguably out of her control. For me, she represents a total failure of too many leaders … Continue reading

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Why I’m So Pissed About DeVos

I’m probably preaching to the choir here. The people who will read this already know it, and those who don’t want to hear it will make up a reason to ignore it. Here it is, anyway. Last night I was … Continue reading

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Toughen Up, Buttercup

A former classmate’s comment about how safe spaces and group discussions where kids express emotion are ruining this generation got me to thinking, and thinking often gets me to writing, as you may have noticed. I am aware of a … Continue reading

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The Day After (2016)

We are in deep trouble. I told you all that I would probably stumble in my resolve to handle this election with grace. I am flabbergasted at our choice in president and heartbroken that Jefferson County abandoned its children. The … Continue reading

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Jeffco Mill Levy and Bond Issue

When Jefferson County Schools waged a battle to take its schools back from corporate reformers, I blogged about it ad nauseam. There was much to write about. First the public needed to be made aware that there was even an … Continue reading

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Yes, More on White Privilege

I have vacillated between “there is enough blathering about race from people who haven’t really given it any thought, so there’s no need for me to add to the cacophony,” to “there is enough thoughtful commentary about race from thoughtful … Continue reading

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How High School Debate Can Save America

I am taking a break from the book I’m working on to write this. Yes, after a two-year hiatus defending public schools in Jeffco, I’m actually back to the book project I was working on with a former student. (Sorry, … Continue reading

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