• The Need to Play On

    “They kept it up to the very end. Only the engulfing ocean had the power to drown them into silence. The band was playing ‘Nearer, My God, to Thee.’ I could hear it distinctly. The end was very close.” —Charlotte Collyer, Titanic survivor What made them play on? That is the question people ask most […]

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  • April in America

    The month of April marks a time of year with beautiful weather that yields blossoming gardens and springtime bliss. It’s a time of year for change and new beginnings. But, for too many children in America – to steal a phrase from T.S. Eliot – April can be also be “the cruelest month.” (The following […]

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  • What Will You Buy With Your Framework?

    While responding to questions about education funding during a meeting with reporters last week, Senate Pro Tem Mike Schulz, R-Altus said, “I am fully confident that we will leave this session with a framework of a teacher pay raise in place. And it will be a stepped-in pay raise as we go through the next couple […]

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  • Can We Please Stop Pretending …?

    About two years ago, fellow blogger Scott McLeod posted a list of five things we have to stop pretending when it comes to education. He also encouraged others to add our ideas and suggestions. As of today, he has documented 127 responses from other bloggers and educators on his website, including my own. For no […]

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  • A Letter to Peter Jr.

    Dear Peter Jr.,  On behalf of millions of Oklahomans, I just want to tell you, “We’re really sorry, kid.” Seriously, we are. You are only a child and should not have to worry about stuff like state budgets, taxes, and education funding. But there are things happening in our state this year that will, unfortunately, […]

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  • Do We Really Need More Evidence?

    Remember a few weeks ago when White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told America we need to cut funding for Meals on Wheels for senior citizens and after-school nutrition programs for poor children because those programs, well … “aren’t showing any results.” “They’re supposed to help kids who don’t get fed […]

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  • The New Adventures of Captain Oblivious

    At this same point during last year’s Oklahoma legislative session, I brought you the first installment of the “Adventures of Captain Oblivious.” My previous post was a recounting of a fictional conversation between an unnamed legislator (“Captain Oblivious“) and an educator from his district during the middle of another “highly productive” legislative session. Captain Oblivious is that […]

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  • Listening to the Eyes

    The eyes are windows to the soul. What could be more obvious? We look through our eyes onto the world, and we look through the eyes of others into their minds. The ability to read the messages that young people communicate with their eyes can often be as important as deciphering their words. That is […]

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