Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

  • John Keating is Dead and Yet He Echoes in My Ears

    on Aug 13, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Opinion • with Comments

    Robin Williams as John Keating in "Dead Poets Society," 1989 / image courtesy Getty Images

    I am thirty-eight years old and until yesterday I never knew what it felt like to experience a throbbing and palpable sadness over the death of a celebrity. Superlatives abound on a global scale for a man who embodied a form of dramaturgical genius that is perhaps the most eclectic of our time. As much as I laughed at Good Morning Vietnam (which he should have won a Best Actor Oscar for) and Mrs. Doubtfire, as much as I was touched by the poignancy of his wisdom in Good Will Hunting, and as much as

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  • The Advantage of Disadvantage – Part II – A Book Review

    on Aug 13, 14 • in Book Review, Featured, Opinion • with Comments

    David and Goliath,
By Malcolm Gladwell

    David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, Malcolm Gladwell Publisher: Brown and Company (October 1, 2013)   Have you ever wondered what makes a person successful? Does it stem from advantage or disadvantage? In my previous article (Part I) we looked at a book written by Malcolm Gladwell called David and Goliath. In Gladwell’s book, he challenges the reader to the prevailing sentiment that bigger is always better, advantage is always advantage and disadvantage creates failure.  As we continue onto Part II, consider asking yourself what makes a person successful? It may not be

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  • Robin Williams Passing Shouldn’t be in Vain

    on Aug 12, 14 • in Featured, Opinion, Parents, Special Education • with Comments

    Robin Williams, 1951-2014 (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

    Remembering Robin Williams, a Great Icon Like most of us, I was stunned to hear the news of beloved actor, Robin Williams untimely passing. It was a reminder to me that you never know what someone else is going through. From the outside, all looks well. However, depression is an emotion that starts on the inside and works its way out. No matter who you are, it can happen to you. In life, I always try to take something away from such tragic situations. As I don’t know Robin Williams personally, the one thing that

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  • Freedom In The Classroom

    on Aug 8, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion, Policy • with Comments


    Owning a school may sound like an easy way to avoid all of the messy paperwork that goes along with education, but it really means that the paperwork just changes routes. Instead of serving the district or the State Department, I am accountable to a higher entity: Parents and families. Summers are spent not only writing lesson plans, which I redo every year since I have students who stay with me for several consecutive years, but also getting all of my paperwork in place for Parent Orientation, conference times, all activities and field trips and

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  • Why I Support Teacher Tenure

    on Jul 24, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Opinion • with Comments


    I’m a teacher. I have tenure. This gives me staying power and job security. My job isn’t supposed to be political – it’s supposed to be about teaching student. For that reason, tenure is something I feel that I need in my profession. Why? As a social studies teacher, I need academic freedom. It’s my job to expose students to a variety of mindsets, viewpoints, and a litany of issues that seem to perturb both the far-left and far-right. I want to open minds, and sometimes I have to fight past closed ones – especially

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