Category Archives: Schools and Culture

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 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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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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How Diminished Funding to Higher Education Worsens Income Inequality

Huge cuts in state funding for higher education have left our premier public universities to thirst after the money well to do families from out of state are able to pay for a selective education. Continue reading

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Teachers’ Resistance (and Other Stories of Sanity)

I labor as do many with the ill winds that blow out of Washington D.C. Continue reading

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The Immigrant Lesson: It’s About the Future

A lot can be learned from current immigrants to this corner of the earth. Continue reading

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