The Puzzle

Is it possible that everyone is right and no one is right? I’ve been asking myself this question quite often lately. When you really stop to listen and read and learn about all of the separate issues that are grabbing headlines in the education reform movement, you can always find people – real human beings – involved…

On the way to school

An interesting conversation with my oldest unfolded the other morning in the car as I was driving him to Middle School. “What would make school more interesting?” I asked. “Not having school.” was his terse reply. I took this with a  grain of salt since he was in the middle of making up for 10…

Grades Don’t Matter

Ever since our oldest was in 4th grade I’ve told him that I’ve never cared about his grades; I care about how hard he is trying. If he’s trying his hardest, and getting good guidance from both his teachers and from me as to how to apply that effort – again with the parent, teacher partnership I find to…

Best Intentions

Hundreds of people with good intentions are putting forth their efforts into what is known as education reform. The disappointing irony is how often good intentions can result in destructive unintended consequences. A February 4, 2013 post by Jeff Bryant on the National Education Policy Center website examines a couple of different possible unintended consequences,…