To the Presidential Candidates: Q & A’s We Should Hear

I cringe when I watch the Presidential debates.  My heart rate elevates slightly.   I keep waiting for questions and answers that nobody wants to hear, questions and answers that we should hear, but they never come.  Below, I imagine some questions and answers that, unfortunately, we’ll never see or hear: While the 20th Century provided…

Why $100,000 Teacher Salaries Make Sense

Many American educators–myself included–often remind ourselves and others that we didn’t enter education for the money.  I certainly don’t teach to become wealthy, but as I see outstanding educator colleagues and friends leave the classroom for higher-paying, often lower-stress jobs in education, I wonder what it would take to increase the tenure of experienced, skilled…

The Will to Teach Black Males

We’ve got to teach them to be men, what manhood is all about.  How did we go from Medgar Evers, Frederick Douglass, and Langston Hughes to Lil’ Wayne, Drake, and Lebron James as the only models of success for our black males?  Do you have the will to do what it takes to help these…

A Narrative Vision for Schooling in the 21st Century

A narrative vision for schooling in the 21st Century, according to the 2012 Republican Party of Texas Platform: Every morning, little Timmy and his 4th grade classmates pledge to the Texas flag and American flag.  Mrs. Wilson has arranged the desks in straight rows, and there is a curious dearth of technology in the class–no…