On School Discipline

I think it’s really cute when politicians talk about something they know little about. We got that yesterday when John Whitmire wrote his little treatise about student discipline and how we are sending too many students out of the classroom. Mind you, some of the points weren’t off the wall, but the conclusion seemed to […]

Pre-K at the Head of the Docket

It doesn’t shock me to see a candidate like Wendy Davis prominently mention pre-kindergarten as a primary campaign issue. I’ve long considered the Democrats the education party (contrary to what George Bush 41 said). It was a pleasant surprise to see Greg Abbott mention it as well. Both candidates want to increase funding for Pre-K […]

Another Cure for the Common Childhood

Children acting like…uh, children? We have a pill for that: “With more than six million American children having received a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, concern has been rising that the condition is being significantly misdiagnosed and overtreated with prescription medications. Yet now some powerful figures in mental health are claiming to have identified […]

Education in the News

The Houston Chronicle has been buzzing over the last several weeks. A teacher in HISD wrote a column that talked about teacher burnout and why it happens. Of course, while I am a teacher, it isn’t prudent for me to comment about what is going on in HISD or at Westside High School. After all, […]

From Where I sit

They say that you should never shop for groceries when you are hungry. I suppose the same is true for writing blog pieces about education at the end of a tough day at school. Yet, sometimes that’s the best time to write one of these columns, because the images of the problems you face are […]

A Balance in Education

In my last piece, I addressed some of the reasons why American public schools perform worse on standardized tests than their counterparts around the world. Of course, in such an article you can never fully explain things that require further explanation. So, this article serves as both further explanation and an exploration into my own […]

Apples and Oranges

Every year there is an annual hand-wringing over American Educational Achievement scores. It seems we rank 26th in this and 19th in that. So, the annual blame game begins. Is it the fault of the teachers for not teaching the students? Is it the fault of administration and state governments for not giving teachers the […]

How’s My Teaching?

As some people around these parts know, I took a two year hiatus away from teaching. When you count my time as a school counselor, it has been five years since I’ve been in the classroom. These days it feels an awful lot like an eternity. I could spend a whole article on only the […]