Thoughts on “opening” schools

from the perspective of someone who has taught every grade from 7 through 12, in public, charter, and private (both religious and secular) schools.  CLASSROOMS —  It is impossible in most schools to have 6 foot between students. Last year I had up to 30 seniors in a room at a time, with a social…

Thoughts on Kentucky Democratic Primary 2020.

Suprisingly, the 2020 Kentucky Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate was probably the major driver for the higher than expected voter turnout (initial estimate of 32% voter participation statewide).  Yes, I know that is still a terrible number for any democracy, but the usual voter turnout in Kentucky is around 20% during the primaries.  Therefore, a…

some thoughts from an ordinary blogger

I have no medical expertise but I do understand data and government policy.   So make of this what you will. First the good news.  One of my students was just named a 2nd string HS All-American in basketball, and another was named Honorable mention, both considered in top 50 in country & with D-1 full…

COVID-19 – thoughts occasioned by this, and related

Let me start by backing up.  One week ago, at midday, I had to go to the emergency room 2 blocks away from my house. I won’t go into the details. It was a medical situation unrelated to my previous medical issues, but was serious enough to be immediately addressed.  I had to wait more…

thoughts – impeachment, politics, and more

Since my stroke on November 12, my online presence, here and elsewhere, has been very limited as I first recovered from that incident, and then underwent my surgery on the 18th, followed by a minor incident (transient ischemic attack — like a minor stroke) on the 20th.  Today I had follow up exams in the…

Not so random thoughts – impeachment, personal, and more

Today is Sunday, which means tomorrow I report for pre-operative stuff at the hospital for the forthcoming operation on Wednesday to address the stenosis (blockage) in my left carotid artery that caused my recent stroke.   While I have no intimations of forthcoming disaster, I will be undergoing general anesthesia, so I find it incumbent upon…

Some thoughts on the hearings

One “advantage” of having been hospitalized for 76 hours is that I was able to watch a substantial amount of the impeachment hearings on Wed and Fri.   While in general my thoughts were, as might  be expected, in general focused on other topics (including getting back to my students), I have been able to read/watch…

Epstein denied bail (Upd2: Quick thoughts on the 33 pgs)

This will be was originally pretty short.  Considering him to be a “danger to others and to the community by clear and convincing evidence” and a flight risk by the “preponderance of the evidence”, Judge Berman has denied Epstein bail. For those playing along at home, the fraudulent Austrian passport was noted as a factor in…

Thoughts on debate topics – “socialism”

This is the third of three posts on topics coming from the last two nights of debates.  The first two, on immigration and on Medicare for All, are available for your perusal and commenting through my user page. In economic terminology, Socialism is where the means of production are owned publicly through the government while…

Thoughts on debate topics – Medicare for All

This is the second post on a topic featuring in the Democratic Presidential debates of the past few nights where I think there was a chance that was missed to make some key points.  I decided to offer this one after listening to what I thought was a totally misunderstanding in most of the commentary…

Thoughts on debate topics – immigration

This is the first of at least two separate posts on topics from the last two nights of debates As I listened on Wednesday to the first night of the Democratic Presidential Debate round 1, I felt as if the candidates were missing an important opportunity to reframe the discussion on immigration. By now it…