Do Kids Have A Fundamental Right to Literacy?

Michigan Judge Stephen Murphy III recently ruled children do not have a fundamental right to learn to read and write. This long lasting, far reaching decision responded to a lawsuit filed in 2016 by Public Counsel, for plaintiffs, students in five of Detroit’s most poorly performing schools, including public and charter. The case was called […]

It’s Time We Started Telling Little Boys About the Things That Really Matter

I had a conversation with my oldest son last night. He and his family live in Denver, so we chat or FaceTime every Sunday. The conversation turned to sharing our thoughts about recent, sad events going on in our country and elsewhere in the world. He lamented that besides being advocates and trying to make […]

Permission to Fail

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When was the last time you failed at something? How did you feel? What did you do next? Think about the three questions above after you have read this short blog. Why do we continue to put a negative emphasis on failing? Nobody wants to fail. As your children embark on school and life, I […]

Tigers Above; Tigers Below


Truth is I’d rather run. Board a plane. Take a hike. Read a book. Listen to Brahms or Marvin Gaye or Aretha. Jump out of my skin. Escape. I have a certain expertise at running: I’m an escape artist. Houdini and me: we have got our act down! I have run fromthings scary, painful, disorienting […]

Teachers, How To Address Your Students Back To School Anxieties


A new school year brings a mix of excitement and worries: “Will I do well? Will my teacher like me? Where will I sit? Will I be teased on the playground? Will I be invited to someone’s house? How will I get my homework done with my schedule of sports and activities.” Such questions will […]

Banish the Big Calendar


There’s something lurking on the wall in nearly every preschool classroom that shouldn’t be there: a giant calendar. Calendar time takes center stage each morning in thousands of classrooms. During morning circle time, the children gather on the rug at their teacher’s feet and go over the day’s weather, the day of the week, and […]

Being a Popular Teacher Is Not Always Cool


It’s that bittersweet time of year for teachers everywhere. No matter when you head off to school, you will have to leave your summer days behind. Even if you work a full-time job in the summer months, those sunny days are probably more carefree than when youhave to face a room full of lively students […]

What should a teacher do if they don’t like parts of their curriculum?


This post was originally inspired by an email conversation [email protected] earlier this week, about a high school English teacher who said she no longer wanted to teach Shakespeare because she felt it wasn’t relevant to her students. Also, she happened personally not to like Shakespeare. I found this latter point more disturbing; considering what is […]

Music Listening Changes Children’s Lives


So much is said today about “music playing” as a gateway to improving academic skills and expanding emotional intelligence. Thescientific and empirical research validates these findings. But what about music listening: how does it fit into the equation and affect children’s lives? And when you think about it, just about every kid listens to music. […]

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