• A-F = Rank, Sort, and Punish

    By miller727@icloud.com September 21, 2014 Uncategorized 8 Comments In my previous post, “Assume the Position,” I suggested that the people of Oklahoma greet the release of last week’s State A-F grades with a loud collective yawn. I’m with you, kid! However, I admit this is easy for me to say this since my school and district […]

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  • Pinching Pennies!

    By miller727@icloud.com September 15, 2014 Uncategorized 3 Comments As a young boy, I recall my grandpa’s tradition of giving my brother and me a quarter whenever it was time for us to leave. This gift was typically followed by a witty comment–something like, “don’t say I never gave you anything” or “don’t spend it all in […]

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  • #Oklaed Has a Few Questions!

    By miller727@icloud.com August 30, 2014 Uncategorized 5 Comments The Department of Education’s decision to deny Oklahoma’s request for an extension of our ESEA waiver has ignited the passions of many in the #Oklaed twittersphere and blogging community. I wrote on the topic a few days ago (“Playing the Waiver Game”) which was quickly followed by Okeducationtruths […]

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  • Playing the Waiver Game!

    By miller727@icloud.com August 28, 2014 Uncategorized 7 Comments Shortly after the legislature’s passage of House Bill 3399 in May 2014 which repealed common core state standards in Oklahoma, I posted a blog titled: “Arne Doesn’t Have to Do This” to explain that Secretary Duncan had choices when it came to the reauthorization of our state’s ESEA waiver. […]

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  • It’s Mudslinging Time!

    It’s Mudslinging Time! By miller727@icloud.com August 19, 2014 Uncategorized 4 Comments Are you as troubled as I am by the increasing influx of so-called “dark money” into our state political races? Regardless of your political affiliation or personal views on important issues, the fact that wealthy out-of-state entities are targeting Oklahoma candidates with inaccurate and defamatory […]

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  • Alfie Kohn’s Guidelines for Educators

    Most educators are familiar with the often provocative and contrarian views of author Alfie Kohn. Kohn is the author of 12 books about education and human behavior, including “The Schools Our Children Deserve,” “The Homework Myth,” and “The Myth of the Spoiled Child.” I enjoy reading Alfie Kohn because he challenges my thinking. He is unapologetic […]

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  • But That’s Just Me!

    But That’s Just Me! By miller727@icloud.com July 29, 2014 Uncategorized 8 Comments Like many of you, I enjoy reading the work of Tulsa World columnist Jay Cronley. His light yet often insightful commentaries about life are published several times each week, typically on the front page of the Local news section. In this morning’s column, titled “How to […]

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  • Bravo to the Oklahoma PTA!

    By miller727@icloud.com July 25, 2014 Uncategorized 6 Comments As reported by the Tulsa World, Governor Mary Fallin seemed to soften her stance on the issue of third grade retention while addressing the annual PTA conference in Tulsa last weekend. In her prepared remarks to the PTA delegates, Governor Fallin said, “If we can get to […]

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