30 seconds from Lincoln Project: “School”

put out just in time for the day on which most students head back to school lots of quick powerful images and words including images to remind us of the multiple failures of our Secretary of Education including a teacher saying “I do not want to go to another funeral for my students” So far…

So I am going back to school

to finish my doctorate. I abandoned my previous attempt almost 20 years ago with a dissertation almost half written for a variety of reasons I choose not to revisit now.  In the meantime, my interests had changed greatly and I was no longer excited by the topic on which I had been working. I had…

Reporter asks press sec: If it's safe to go back to school, why couldn't Manafort stay in prison?

Because he’s the angel of death, Donald Trump is pressuring schools to reopen in the face of the glowing Skeletor skull that is coronavirus. Just yesterday, Betsy DeVos, the administration’s education something-something, told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that the administration is “very seriously” looking at withholding federal funds from schools that refuse to reopen.  And Trump,…

Trump undercuts another Obama achievement, this time on healthy school lunches

So I was lying in bed this morning eating a family-sized bag of Funyuns and thinking that America’s children are not nearly obese enough yet when I saw this Washington Post story about the Trump administration undermining Michelle Obama’s signature achievement … on her birthday. And it made me swell with — well, not pride, exactly. Fat,…

Student expelled from Christian school after posing with rainbow cake

I went to Catholic school and often ate Lucky Charms on Saturdays. Not every Saturday. You know, when I’d get a wild hair. I wasn’t gay or anything. I just liked Lucky Charms. Something about the festive assortment of colors and the convivial cardboard texture. Not that there’s anything wrong with being gay, of course….

weapon used in Saugus CA school shooting was an unregulated “ghost gun”

A troubling element of the murder-suicide in Saugus is that the firearm used was a “homemade” or rather home-assembled gun, put together with a parts kit. This subset of the firearms industry has little regulation for such “kit guns”. Unlike home manufacture using 3-d printers, the individual components are available from a variety of subcontracted sources and collected…

Elizabeth Warren: A Great Public School Education for Every Student

I attended public school growing up in Oklahoma. After I graduated from the University of Houston, a public university where tuition cost only $50 a semester, my first job was as a special education teacher at a public school in New Jersey. I later attended a public law school. I believe in America’s public schools….

School Millage Whack-A-Mole: Fake Facebook People and Modern Politics

Another election day in Michigan fades from memory and people are either celebrating or trying to figure out what went wrong. In Baldwin, Michigan, dismally low voter turnout sank yet another millage vote for an aging school building with a leaky roof and crumbling infrastructure that would be cheaper to replace than repair. Baldwin Community…

At the midpoint of the school year, a reflection on more than school

Friday was the end of 1st Semester, and my grades were all in before the end of the school day.  I will begin the week with my students having several days left to complete a mandatory exercise that does not affect their grades but does affect my evaluation before I begin Thursday morning being observed…