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 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 […]
January 6, 2017


Ever been disrespected in your life? Well, who hasn’t. But if you’ve never been dissed by a Great Blue Heron, you’ve never really had the experience. […]
January 5, 2017

An Unexpected Treat Today by Wilson Beach Avenue and the Bay Road:

The Netarts Redwing Blackbird Symphony Orchestra.
January 3, 2017

Seaseal and Seasealia

Walking along Netarts Bay today, I was distracted from the 20-something degree weather by the sunny blue sky—and seals. Two of them bobbing up close to […]
December 30, 2016

The Day I Got My Seat at the Table

Doubt, if you must. But I swear that the story I’m about to tell you is true. Last week, I was readying myself for a day […]
December 30, 2016

Swimming Upstream

Going wild was something no one would have predicted for me. I mean, my baby album stood on the family-room shelf alongside my mother’s master’s thesis […]
December 27, 2016

2015—What’$ Really Driving the Ob$$e$$ion with Te$ting?

As he prepared to step down as Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan appeared on national TV with President Obama to declare that too much emphasis has […]
December 27, 2016

2010: Behind the Data Dashboard in the Race to the Top

“If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.” —Chinese Proverb Data systems are the hot new thing in […]
December 27, 2016

2008: Race to the Top of What?

 We know who the winners are, but who are the losers? Secretary Duncan’s initiative for reforming America’s schools is called Race to the Top. Secretary Duncan […]
December 27, 2016

1990s—From Standardized Testing to No Child Left Behind

A Brief History of Standardized Testing from the 1980s to 2001: The emphasis on testing began as a way of tracking the effectiveness of the back-to-basics […]