February 13, 2020

A small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. So instead of focusing on the assholes who hurt us, let's empower the angels who help us. We probably can't discourage the butt thrower downers, but we can encourage the butt picker uppers.

March 13, 2019

Every year, every grade, in every class I ever taught, girls out-achieved boys

-- and it wasn't close. 

I'm surrounded by women and girls. I have a wife, two daughters and two granddaughters. No sons. No grandsons. Even my doggie, Kihei, is "my girl." 

So I'm drawn to as...

March 4, 2019

90 second read to motivate us to be better. Three people can do that are Jonas Salk, Reshma Saujani and Theodor Geisel.

July 16, 2018

What soon-to-be world-shaking events are happening right now, but we don't know about them? One may be what's happening at the 1517 Fund. What we think about college may never be the same!

April 3, 2018

The plan in Room B-33 is for me to fire a Stubby Claw hammer at the shooter. Followed by an iron apple (a gift from a former student that was intended to   be a paperweight, not a weapon) followed by whatever else I can grab and chuck.

February 6, 2018

I used to just call it “The Mother Teresa Lesson.”
 

For years, to prove a point – that no matter who we are, that no matter what we do, we’re all going to have haters – I’d tell my students the tale of Mother Teresa and how even she had people who didn’t like her.
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February 5, 2018

I get it. Growing up, I fell for the  Cleveland Browns. My love affair started when I was six, so I didn't know any better about the dangers of fandom. When I was eight, the Browns won the NFL championship (yes, the Browns!), and I was there in the windy cold of Clevel...

December 3, 2017

The last time I couldn't sleep, I didn't count sheep. I counted years. My teacher years. Since this is my 32nd year in the classroom, it took a while, but I surprised myself by remembering all of them. 

The memories were so hauntingly vivid that they...

October 8, 2017

The good news is that every state of the United States requires "civics education." The bad news is that it obviously sucks.  

Don't you think it's time to start over? We can't fall in love with whatever familiar, safe curriculum we're "teaching." Be...

July 20, 2017

Do you hire experience or do you hire potential? Do you hire skills or do you hire character? 

To those who study history, it's obvious. Potential > Experience. Experience has value, but it's overrated. Lots of  people have experience - experience at being mediocre....

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