Dear School Administrator: The Era of the “Yes Man (or Yes Woman)” is Over

We’re at an interesting point in our nation’s history.  Not because of a government shutdown; not because of an unpredictable stock market; and not because of scandals that are shaking religious organizations to the core.  We’re at a “halfway” point of a generation.  Half of the Millennials are still in school, while the other half […]

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Three Things

“Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, There’s still time to change the road you’re on.” – J. Page (Led Zeppelin) For a number of years now, those who have made a living by making presentations to professional groups, companies or organizations have been focusing on wanting their […]

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Don’t Change the Program; Change Your Mindset

With the start of the new year, we all think about change.  The interesting thing is that most people hate change, so we don’t call what we’re thinking about “changes.”  We call them “resolutions.” And then a few weeks from now, we’re back to the way it was…because change is difficult. In education today, there […]

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Does Technology Drive Your Processes, or Do Processes Drive Your Technology?

No matter what holiday you’re celebrating at this time of year, there is a time-honored tradition of exchanging gifts with others.  Perhaps you’ve even purchased a gift for yourself after returning those things you received that you really didn’t need.  Today, at this point in history, there’s a good chance that one of those gifts […]

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The Enrollment Slide

We’ve become a nation accustomed to top-line data and headline news.  In-depth investigation and reporting on why issues arise are left to those who want to dig deeper themselves.  After all, they can do so by accessing the Internet. Because, as you know, everything on the Internet is truth. (Yes, the sarcasm is intentional). If […]

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Nobody Writes Anymore

For at least the past seven years, research has shown that learning cursive writing has a positive effect on brain development, helps to ease difficulties associated with dyslexia. Yet, keyboarding is taught while writing is dropped.  The U.S. Postal Service recommends addressing cards in block letters to facilitate delivery (i.e., so it can be read […]

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Prayer in Public Schools

Oh, yes there is!  There are at least three times it happens: Students do it in school, albeit privately, right before a test; The school community does whenever there’s a tragedy – a death, a shooting, an act of terrorism, etc.; and Teachers do it every day, since, oftentimes, it’s all they can do for […]

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The Millennials

Why is knowing about The Millennials important?  After all, the children in school today are digital natives, right?  They’re the next generation, and that’s who we’re educating. Almost right. If you look into any of the research regarding the generations, you’ll see a comparison of traits, and the traits of generations are similar across all […]

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Listen, My Children, and You Shall Hear…

…hey, I said listen…listen to me! (With apologies to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow). And then, the screaming starts. There are some memes out there today that propose that yelling is the new spanking, and one that states, “Don’t yell at your kids, whisper.  It’s much scarier.” In public school classrooms today, it’s not necessarily the pedagogy […]

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The Evil of Standardized Testing

With all the hype about standardized testing, you may come to the conclusion that it’s just purely evil. After all, we’re all created with individual gifts and talents, and should accommodate learners according to their abilities. Then what’s the goal of standardized testing? Is it to create a benchmark, or is it to assess learning? […]

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