About my blog…

Let me first say that this is MY blog and that the thoughts and comments contained therein reflect my views and mine alone. They do not necessarily reflect the view of anyone else in my district, particularly district leadership or school board members.  I don’t even claim to be right most of the time.  I am simply one man with his own perspective who also strives to be open and receptive to other points of view. This is how we learn after all.

My name is Rob Miller and I have been privileged to work as an assistant superintendent with Sand Springs Public Schools in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. This is my 24th year in education after serving ten years as an artillery officer in the Marine Corps.

Why the title, “A View from the Edge?” 

The picture below is from my July 2012 trip to Maine. It is taken from the summit of Mt. Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Over each of the last five summers, a few  friends and I have spent a week or so each year to backpack on the AT – about 450 miles so far – including  portions of Maine and Georgia, the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee, and sections of Virginia. It is 2,180 miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia to the point I am standing here, so we have many miles left to hike. It is a great stress relief and is an adventure I look forward to each year.

Anyhow, the point is that I am not afraid of heights, walking up hills, or occupying a place on the edge…of mountains…or other things.

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I will always strive to always present my views in a straight-forward and respectful way. I hope that you will continue to stop by to read my posts, as well as share your own respectfully stated comments and opinions. Thanks for stopping by.

Rob

 

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27 thoughts on “About my blog…

  1. Hi Mr. Miller! I’m at the high school now but I was one of your students at the middle school. I recently saw two great Ted talks on education. You’ve most likely seen them, as they are very popular but I’ll put the links here in case you haven’t because they remind me of you and some of the things I’ve read about your blog.
    https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_how_to_escape_education_s_death_valley#t-561710
    https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity?language=en#t-1149596

  2. Run for the Oklahoma Legislature! Get Claudia , Rick, and other like-minded people to run also. The current legislature just doesn’t get it.

  3. I am an educator of over 20 years. I am SO glad that you have the courage to stand up and advocate for teachers and the children of Oklahoma! We need more people with backbone and conviction in our leadership positions!!! Looking forward to your blog!

  4. I linked to your blog through Diane Ravitch’s blog. I am so impressed. I cannot imagine many principals I’ve known writing with such wit and panache. Keep it going!

  5. Recently went to “Donuts with Dad’s” at East Elementary to read with kids from youth group and their classroom. But prior to doing so, i enjoyed hearing from the superintendent of Jenks about all that’s going on within the district.

    Anyway, enjoying your insight, transparency, and wit. Might be stealing some ideas for my papers that I’m writing for master’s degree in administration. Cheers to the never-ending journey of translating ideas from ignorance to relevance.

  6. I think you should run for State Superintendent! Rob Miller State Superintendent of Oklahoma! You have my vote as well as most of my coworkers!

  7. My wife and I support the fight against NCLB, obsessive testing and using students as unpaid guinea pigs in test research for for-profit testing vendors.

    Opt-out movements in Seattle and Philly are just beginning to show how badly taxpayer dollars are being wasted on profiteering corporations instead of more teachers and smaller classes.

    If you want to see how badly testing is making kids hate school in NYC, read this:
    http://www.opednews.com/articles/Learning-the-Hard-Way-The-by-Gustav-Wynn-130415-700.html

  8. Though I am now retired, I spent 37 years teaching 7th graders & 9th graders in a junior high setting in the Northshore School District near Seattle, WA. During that time, I was an outspoken advocate for what I believed was right, an attitude that earned me respect from some administrators and hostility from others. That never detoured me from speaking my mind.

    I read Diane Ravitch posting today about Oklahoma and Free Speech. I commend you for your forthright public statements. If your district attempts to discipline you for your professional stand and/or your public speech, please make sure Diane knows. She will raise the alarm and I, for one, will stand beside you.

  9. Rob I look forward to reading what you have to say! I am, next fall, just starting in the education field but I have 2 children in our school system and have serious doubts in it and where it is headed! I want to be the best teacher I can be to help my future students prepare for life!

    • Hi Dan, I hope you will feel free to share your thoughts and comments. Your perspective as a former public school teacher and current higher education professor is valuable!

  10. As a retired teacher who has known you since the time you started in the education field, I welcome your insight and look forward to reading your comments.

  11. What a beautiful day to hike Mt. Katahdin! I look forward to reading more of your insightful posts about the current state of education in America!

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