Ramping up . . . Again

May 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

It’s spring. I read the paper this morning for the first time on my 3-season porch. Which means I’m thinking about fall. Which means I’m thinking about the class of 2021. Which [...]

What if it’s fear?

November 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

The student goes home and the backpack is left unzipped. Video games, Netflix, cell phones, and cable TV medicate and empower the student after a day of high school. Maybe after a day of failure. The [...]


August 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

We hear it all the time: Ready, Set, Go! Ready means there is a level of preparedness for what is to come. Parents ask, “Are you ready to go?” as they head to the car to run an errand or [...]

The Black Box

July 4, 2016 // 1 Comment

There is an imaginary black box that exists in the homework process between every teacher and student. It’s a box of mystery, hazy boundaries, inputs and outputs, and shared influence out of which [...]

Demonstrating the Obvious

June 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

Here are the facts. They are obvious facts as most could guess these realities without the data, but I have the data. It is also interesting that I have never seen these school realities in black and [...]