What’s Missing From Education Reform in America?

Welcome to my blog:

Reflections on Education, Environment, and Empire

As an education system goes, so goes the nation it educates. Yet nearly six decades of reform have not only failed to solve the problems in our schools but have created and compounded many of the problems. The failure to solve problems throughout our education system is reflected in our growing inability as a people to solve the problems affecting the health of our planet and all living things. This blog is dedicated to exploring how and why this is happening.

"When one person cries out, 'The emperor is naked!' — When a single person breaks the rules of the game, this exposing it as a game — everything suddenly appears in another light..."

—Václav Havel

January 23, 2017

Good News

The Chickens who wander down the hillside to Old Netarts Road got a new sign. And the twin fawns whose mom got hit by a car last […]
January 20, 2017

Heard At Last!

Dear President Trump, What a thrill it was this morning to hear you say in your inaugural address that as of today the unheard would be […]
January 19, 2017

Betsy and the Bears

Just a tip for those choosing a school. If you fear grizzly bears, you might want to think about Holland Christian High School in Holland, Michigan […]
January 19, 2017

A Sudden Rain

The quality of mercy unstrained:
January 15, 2017

The Sport of Curling on Netarts Bay?

Curling is a medieval sport that originated in Scotland. Shuffleboard is reminiscent of curling which was played with flat polished river stones. Today the Olympic sport […]
January 14, 2017

The Placid Passing of Mallards

floating into the distance in the wetland across the street from Netarts Bay:    
January 11, 2017

Sunset

January 8, 2017

Norwegian Teachers Refuse to Collude with the Nazis

“We are part of something big. . . .” Norwegian teacher Edvard Brakstad in a letter to his family on April 30, 1942. He and hundreds of […]
January 8, 2017

“What the Muck of Walden Pond Tells Us About Our Planet”

“In 1845, Henry David Thoreau repaired to a cabin in the woods beside Walden Pond “to front only the essential facts of life, and see if […]
January 7, 2017

“I Can’t Answer These…Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems.”

If you doubt the validity of testing, read how one poet says she couldn’t answer the standardized test questions about her own poem on a Texas […]