Did you miss the march?

July 22, 2017. Washington, D.C. A huge thank you to the following speakers for sharing their words on the March For Public Education blog publication. Here are quick links to all of the shared speeches: March For Public Education Speaker: Mary Cathryn Ricker July 22, 2017. Washington, D.C.medium.com March For Public Education Speaker: Nicholas Zaborowski... Continue Reading →


7 Ways Public Education Is Like Church

I was raised Roman Catholic. Yup. Baptized, communion, confirmation, marriage — I have received many sacraments. As an adult, however, I am a bad Catholic. I don’t attend mass, and my children are heathens. However, when asked about my religious affiliation, I will always proclaim that I am Catholic. My relationship with the Roman Catholic... Continue Reading →

#whyweM4PE — An Ode to 5 Teachers…

#whyweM4PE Brave souls on Facebook have been videotaping themselves proclaiming why they will be marching for public education in Washington, D.C., and in sister cities across our great nation, on this SATURDAY, July 22, 2017.   I am not brave enough to post a video, so I will spare everyone the visual of my summer... Continue Reading →

Fast Food Public Education

McSchools? The King of Schools? KIPP Schools? Arizona’s BASIS schools in every state? What will be the household names of schools in the future? States that I have visited. The image above illustrates all of the states that I have had the privilege of visiting in my lifetime. I love traveling — the more states that I see... Continue Reading →

The Problem With Public Schools Isn’t Low Test Scores. It’s Strategic Disinvestment



Imagine you’re settling in to enjoy an article on-line or in your favorite print newspaper and you come across this headline:

U.S. Schools Ranked Low Internationally!


Out of X Countries, U.S. Places Far From the Top in Math!

You feel embarrassed.

Soon that embarrassment turns to anger.

Sweat starts to break out on your brow.

And then you start to grasp for a solution to the problem – something major, something to disrupt the current system and bring us back to our proper place in the lead.


That was me blowing a gym teacher’s whistle. I’ll do it again:


Hold it right there, consumer of corporate media. You’ve just been had by one of the oldest tricks in the book.

It’s the old manipulate-the-data-to-make-it-look-like-there’s-a-crisis-that-can-only-be-solved-by-drastic-measures-that-you-would-never-approve-of-normally.

We also call it disaster capitalism or the shock doctrine.

It’s been used to get people to agree to

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