Move Forward Because the World Has Changed: Obama's State of the Union

It's time for Americans and our politicians to seek unity for the sake of the nation, and "instead of re-fighting the battles of the last two years, let's fix what needs fixing and move forward." That was the theme of President Barack Obama's second State of the Union address that he delivered to the nation tonight. More than once he used the phrase "move forward," appealing to Democratic and Republican Party legislators to work together, and finally, invoking the American Dream, he relayed a stream of images designed to inspire striving for our ideals. ...more

Nordette, Thanks for this thoughtful post.

I thought the President did a great job last ...more

Tantrums, Troubles, and Treasures (Education Children Deserve)

Good morning everyone, Today's blog talks about the highs and lows of neighborhood schools.  I think it is content rich but doesn't have the same entertainment value of some of my recent blogs.  I doubt if many of you will be surprised with my solutions.  Enjoy the piece!!! Clayton Thomas

How long should the school year be?

Arizona lawmakers are proposing a plan that would allow public districts and charter schools to shorten their school year. As I understand it, it would require them to increase the daily minutes of school to make up for the lost days. The idea was proposed to be a cost-saving mechanism because classrooms could be heated and cooled less and buses could have 10 fewer days on the road....more

Do We Still Need PBS?

In fact, New Hampshire and Virginia and other states are in the process of dismantling their public television systems. Idaho is in the discussion process with the governor actively wanting to shut it down. On the federal level are two proposed bills to eliminate funding for National Public Radio and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It comes down to money, politics and resources. ...more
I love PBS.  In an era where corporate interests too much dictate the information we see, PBS ...more

Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Use Comic Sans

Do not adjust your dial. The foreign-looking font that you see in this post is intentional. Please bear with me! Yes, I am using Comic Sans MS -- the font that is so ugly that it has inspired a fierce and mighty "Ban Comic Sans" movement -- because I care about your brain development and I want you to learn. I am using Comic Sans MS because I love you....more

My teenage daughter loves Comic Sans. She must be a genius by now!

This is a cute post! ...more

It's MLK Day and I'm Angry

Yesterday I sat in a youth meeting with a group of adolescents whose lives are privileged because of the struggles that Martin Luther King and so many unknown heroes and sheroes fought to overcome.  They can attend any school they want.  Eat at any restaurant.  Live in any neighborhood.  Play on any sports team.  BE anything they want to be as long as they are willing to work hard and not give up.  The problem?  They don’t want to work period.  Forget about working hard!...more

Educated (or Not) in America

Before my daughter was born, I taught four semesters of composition at Kansas City Kansas Community College, and I thought about teaching high school. I took exactly one semester of classes toward an undergraduate teaching certificate. It only took one semester to completely break my spirit and enrage me with the environment of despair among teachers in the wake of No Child Left Behind. The classes were filled with discussions of curriculum lockdown, teaching to the test and not having time to even explain anything before having to move on. ...more

I, personally, don't think the State has any "right" to educate. I think that they work for ...more

A Research Parable: One researcher explains the "elaborate fraud" behind the vaccination debate

One of the many gifts I have been given as an educator and edu-carer for other peoples children is the gift of perspective. There is very little about child development and the educational process which I believe is set in stone. Furthermore, when you toss family dynamics and cultural, religious or moral values into the mix - Well. You have a billion right ways to raise a child....more

Training and Development Benefits and Techniques

Training and developing human assets are among the most important responsibilities of any HR department. After all, it is essential for an organization to adapt itself to the ever-changing business scenario if it wants to grow and expand in the long run.Apart from this obvious benefit, there are several other goals that good training and development practices can help an organization achieve. The following are a few of the benefits....more