Author Archives: schooldog

A Roof Over One’s Head

an item about local big timers Pearl Jam caught my eye, not for their music, but for their public role in raising money to ease homelessness. Continue reading

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How Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde Ganged Up on Me – A Lesson in Bureaucracy

His mother glared at me. She struggled to control her tone… Continue reading

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An Immigrant Story

Though some immigrants enter the United States with skills, or money reserves, or family members already arrived to keep them afloat, in the beginning their story typically is one of poverty, of hardship and of lives tested….. Continue reading

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The Age of Janus and the Challenge to Teachers’ Unions

The ground has shifted under us, my friends of the public school landscape. The age of Janus is upon us. Continue reading

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The Long Hard Way Out of Sticky Bottom; Amarillo College and the Battle with Poverty

It’s harder to be poor. Many readers will acknowledge they have been charmed by a loan from a parent…. Continue reading

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Si, Se Puede; a Hopeful Slice of School Change and Its Politics

The truth secured to the underbelly of the myth is that prior privilege abides, and whites and accumulated wealth perpetuate; the poor and citizens of color are excluded from the spoils by institutional rigidities and other illness in the fabric. Continue reading

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Is the God of Testing Dead? Or Just More Dimly Lit in the Firmament?

The god of testing may have run its course and its power diminished. The reduction of teaching and learning to its quantifiable data points, a child of market thinking and a need for accountability, is necessarily here with us to stay, but perhaps in a more proportional role Continue reading

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