As Labor Day approached a couple weeks ago, I took my two boys fishing. There was no blackboard or chalk at the lake; no textbooks or worksheets. And although we weren't in a formal classroom, nature turned out to be a pretty powerful teacher.
Over 10 years ago, I was heavily into distance running. From half marathons and marathons to ultra-marathons of up to 100 miles or more; I took it all on. At the time, the marathon was still the king of the distance events.
I'm grateful that you cut me slack and stuck with me, that you took the time to chat with me after class about my family, that you encouraged me to keep trying, and, most importantly, that you, time and time again, talked me out of leaving school.
It seems like just yesterday when I was going to kindergarten with my twin, Kayleigh, and one of my best friends to this day, Joey. I remember vaguely learning how to write my name and learning about shapes. Where did the time go?
By continuing to cater to the rich who don't want to impose reasonable regulations on Wall Street, Republicans continue to propel the injustices of the past. The corruption and the fraud that made the rich richer and collapsed our economy continues to be unrestrained.
Schools are embracing digital technologies like never before. However, many parents have a mistaken notion that the tablet or laptop replaces previously-used physical mediums, like the textbook or notebook.
We are in the midst of a massive movement for school reform. That is all well and good, but we must take care not to draw artificial boundaries between school and home. Problems at home don't just disappear at the school's doorstep, and vice versa.
It is hard to stay calm when we read about transgender violence, and we continue to experience discrimination in our community's. It hard to be patient when our children's self-esteem is being eroded in ways most parents cannot fathom.
You enjoyed your brief time off as an educator this summer, but now it's back to work. If you're like me, you look forward to being with your students again. You have a super important job. No pressure. You're only educating the future of our country.
The biggest problem with our educational system is that it's big business. And the education-technology revolution, while claiming to be the answer to our outdated system, only fuels the money machine, providing zero incentive to make changes that will truly help our children.