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  • The Good Old Days?

    Do you remember when American public schools were widely regarded as the best in the world? You know, the golden era of education when academic standards were high, all third graders loved to read, middle school students were motivated and engaged, and children graduated from high school ready for work or college? The good old […]

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  • Those Kids…

    As educators we can sometimes get so wrapped up in the day-to-day challenges of school that we forget to take the time to think about and appreciate “those kids.” You know the ones I’m talking about. You’ll likely have one or two in your classroom this year. These children are rarely absent and their daily […]

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  • A New Approach for Teacher Evaluation?

    By now, we have become keenly aware of the President’s novel approach for providing performance feedback to his subordinates via Twitter. Rather than engaging in uncomfortable face-to-face meetings in private, President Trump prefers to simply tweet out excoriating and humiliating barbs about his trusted advisors to millions of followers on social media. It seems to […]

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  • No Room for Mr. Wonderful

    If you don’t know Mr. Wonderful, allow me to introduce him to you. This is Kevin O’Leary – a self-made Canadian billionaire who is one of the five deep-pocketed judges on the mega-hit television show Shark Tank.  For those unfamiliar with the premise of the show, up-and-coming entrepreneurs pitch deals to the judges—hoping to raise desperately needed capital for their […]

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  • Sometimes They’re Right

    If you have followed this blog for any length of time, you know I am an unabashed advocate for public education in America. And, as you may have gathered from my last post, I get angered when individuals or entities use falsehoods and erroneous generalizations to perpetuate an inaccurate narrative of failing schools for political […]

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  • The Box of Shame

    In case you didn’t know, dog shaming has become a thing. Dog shaming is the practice of uploading pictures or video clips of our canine friends, typically with some sort of sign describing a recent negative behavior – perhaps chewing up our favorite pair of shoes, humping your house guest’s leg, getting into the trashcan, […]

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  • It Never Always Gets Worse

    Too tired to keep running, too committed to stop. This is precisely how I felt after completing the second of three 16.67 miles loops during a 50-mile ultra-marathon in Tulsa this past 4th of July. Seven hours and 33 miles into the race, I was soaked to the bone after hours of running in a […]

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  • The Little Legislature That Couldn’t

    There was a little legislature with nice words and false praises to Oklahoma’s teachers, I’ll bring you some raises. While the OKC Chamber and Big Oil worked to kill 779, the little legislature assured teachers, “you can trust me this time.” “Choo choo, choo choo, choo choo, choo choo, I feel so good today Oh, […]

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