Next week, I will begin my third decade in public education. I began my career in 2001 on the eve of one of the most traumatic moments in U.S. history. … Continue reading Trouble, Uncertainty, and Hope Face Public Education on the Brink of a New Decade
A high percentage of teachers have a job or two on the side to help supplement their income. I supplement my income through my second career as a writer. I … Continue reading Are You Ready for Eddie? My Eddie Melton for Governor Campaign Challenge
Jim Lucas has been taunting teachers again. Lucas is a representative in the Indiana House from the Seymour area. He’s no fan of public education. You may have heard of … Continue reading An Open Letter to Representative Jim Lucas Who Invited Teachers to "Prove Him Wrong"
Attention Governor Holcomb: You had the opportunity to witness first hand an incredible show of strength and solidarity outside your place of work on November 19th. You chose not be … Continue reading Attention Governor Holcomb: There is Change on the Wind and Eddie Melton is Riding In.
Public education really shouldn’t be a political issue, but we all know that it is–and it’s a big one. As a political issue, public education is subject to the same … Continue reading The Education Pendulum is Swinging Back and Policy Makers Aren't Going to Stop It
Hello Indiana legislators, I know you are tired of hearing from us teachers. You may be particularly sick of reading what I’ve been writing about you. I get it, we’ve … Continue reading Hey Indiana Legislators, Let Me Tell You About Some Friends of Mine
We stand on the cusp of a colossal disaster. A critical teacher shortage is getting worse by the hour. This crisis shows absolutely no signs slowing down. New teachers looking … Continue reading To Stem the Tyrannous Tide, We Need More Educators in Indiana Government: My Platform, Were I to Run
The dust of the Red for Ed Action Day rally has barely settled and already the Indiana House supermajority has shown that it has no respect for the cause of … Continue reading Indiana's Supermajority House Just Spat Right in the Face of Teachers
Let me say this louder for those in the back: INDIANA’S EDUCATION FUNDING PROBLEM IS NOT REALLY A BUDGET PROBLEM–IT’S A POLICY PROBLEM! Did you hear me that time? I’ve … Continue reading Stop Telling Me About How Much Indiana Spends on Education–You Just Don't Get It
Dear Mr. Shabazz, I read with interest your guest column contribution in the Anderson Herald-Bulletin on Monday, Nov. 25. The headline, A Little Education for Indiana’s Teachers, certainly caught my … Continue reading Pushing Back Against the Push Back: An Open Letter to Abdul-Hakim Shabazz
Since I started this blog last week, I’ve had some nagging phrases banging around in my brain. Just little fragments of thoughts and concepts that seemed to be calling to … Continue reading A Red for Ed Anthem
In the wake of the incredible Red for Ed Action Day rally and on the brink of Thanksgiving Break, I pause to take stock in my life as a teacher. … Continue reading Thanksgiving is Coming, There are Many Reasons for this Teacher to Be Thankful