On Teacher Evaluations

For the first six or seven years that I taught, I wasn’t sure if any adult in the building had the slightest idea what I was doing in my classroom or even cared.  As long as my students stayed in class and nobody was seriously injured, there was little likelihood that any other adult would enter my classroom on a regular basis.  Obviously, that’s no way to run an education system that spends billions of dollars of taxpayer money every year and is responsible for the education and nurturing of our children. Continue reading “On Teacher Evaluations”

On Free Speech

“My friend, for your three dollars a day, you have to listen to everything.” – Juror #7, 12 Angry Men (1957)

I’ve been amused by the statement made by Justice Kagan about Conservatives “weaponizing” the first amendment since I read it in a Vox article about the Janus decision earlier in the week.  The New York Times took up her mantle yesterday in this article.  The shorthand version:  when “we” use it for “our” purposes, we are defending liberty; but when “they” use it for “their” purposes, they are using it as a weapon to destroy liberty.

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On Civil Discourse

“Kids have what I call a built-in hypocrisy antenna that comes up and blocks out what you’re saying when you’re being a hypocrite.” – Ben Carson

So many want to blame President Trump for the lack of civility in society in general.  He is outrageous.  He should represent the office of President of the United States in a more appropriate manner.  But civility died long before he even became a political figure.  Hollywood has long pushed the limits of traditional decency.  Artists and writers have pushed boundaries for centuries.

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On the Media

“But I am I. And I won’t subordinate my taste to the unanimous judgment of mankind” ― Jack London, Martin Eden

I am not a supporter of President Trump.  I never have been, and I never will be.  My support in presidential elections has run as follows:  Bush (1988, 1992), Clinton (1996), Bush (2000, 2004), Obama (2008, 2012), Gary Johnson (2016).  In 2016, I voted in a primary election for the first time, when I voted for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary.  I only voted in the primary to support a friend running for District Judge.

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On This Blog

You running and you running and you running away, but you can’t run away from yourself.  Why you can’t find the place where you belong?

– Bob Marley

Two things that will always be true to me:  1) All people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and 2) Just because I think or believe something, doesn’t mean someone else is wrong for thinking or believing differently.

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