Two and a half weeks remain until we say goodbye to the elementary school that has been a huge part of our lives for 15 years. Fifteen years of the same teachers, staff and classmates. Fifteen years of clubs and activities. Fifteen years of homework and tests and projects. All of these things exist in […]

I see a pattern

“Why isn’t ensemble participating in competitions this year?” “Testing.” “Why aren’t Fifth and Eighth grades visiting their new schools this year?” “Testing.” “Why did Dr. Seuss Week get rescheduled?” “Testing.” “He doesn’t qualify for reading intervention, but he needs extra help that I can’t give because of teaching time lost to testing.” Testing != Teaching

volunteering at school is educational

If you want to break into children’s publishing, write/illustrate a picture book about an obscure holiday. A kindergarten class full of newly short hairstyles is a class with hair parasites. Dr. Seuss Week makes students happier than Pajama Day, Movie Day OR holiday party days. Everyone needs time to slow down.

Not Super

Our school Superintendent is resigning at the end of the school year. Maybe he was asked to leave. Maybe he was told to leave. Whatever the details, the end result remains that our school system will be leaderless at the end of this school year. I do not care about your feelings for the departing […]

If Wednesday, then school volunteer

On Wednesdays, I go to the elementary school. Because I am there every Wednesday, I know that the cutting board with the best blade is missing a wood chip that makes the alignment grid slightly skewed. I know that there’s never enough paper. I know the one person who can sometimes convince the color copier, […]

SpEd Vouchers

TN just passed a voucher bill for about 18,000 TN students with IEPs for “Autism, Down’s Syndrome and other severe mental disabilities, deaf and blind children, and those with severe physical disabilities.” It looks like the current plan is to take about $550 per month, per child from the public schools and allow families to […]

annotation bots

I like diagramming sentences. My teachers revisited diagramming year after year. That was during the dark ages when the information in textbooks wasn’t obsolete by the time the books made it to a classroom. My two youngest children have no idea how or why to diagram a sentence. There probably isn’t time for diagramming. I […]

Students before politics

I’m weary of people being dismissed from participating in discussions and decisions about education if they don’t have subjectively determined bona fides. Education shouldn’t matter only to people with underage children. Interest in education should not be limited to the school closest your home. Education determines the quality of life now and in the future […]

I love my child’s high school

When I walk in my children’s middle or elementary school, the office employees do not know how to pronounce my child’s name. Today, I was told, “It’s good that we don’t know your child. It means they don’t get in trouble.” When any parent walks in my child’s high school, there is someone in that […]