Air and Dress Codes.

The lack of air conditioning in public schools, and the impact of dress codes on female students. My daughter was “coded” yesterday. My husband, who is not an educator, demanded a definition of the word, saying: “I don’t know what that means.” My daughter schooled my husband by informing him that as a seventh grader... Continue Reading →


Taking a Knee for Public Education

Call me a son of a bitch, I don’t care. The national anthem is not sacred. The United States is not about one single person, belief system, or song from the war of 1812. Nothing is sacrosanct and that is why the United States will endure. What can students learn about the NFL controversy and... Continue Reading →

Just STOP testing children.

Standards-based testing is unfair, unreliable, untimely, cruel, and contributing to a nation-wide teacher shortage. About once a month from June to August 2017, my oldest daughter and I engaged in the same dialogue: Oldest Daughter: “Did I get my state scores yet?” Mom: “No, not yet.” After New York State finally released the tests results... Continue Reading →

I watched XQ Super Schools Live, so you don’t need to. You’re welcome.   I didn’t choose to watch the live show funded by the Apple-founder Steve Job’s billionaire widow, Lauren Powell Jobs. It found me. The evening of Friday, September 8, 2017, began with amazing sub sandwiches from a local eatery, a Guinness beer, and the watching of the ABC news coverage of Hurricane Irma. Being... Continue Reading →

Teaching in a time of hate and hurricanes…

Establishing a classroom environment through challenging questions. In January 2017 I began to publish my writing. Clicking the publish button creates a mixture of apprehension and elation. Every time. Today as I write this post, it is heavy with thoughts from my previous pieces of writing. The journey of writing and being vulnerable to an... Continue Reading →

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