Public Schools, Standardized Testing, Pandemics, and Coconuts

“You’ve got two empty halves of coconut, and you’re bangin’ ’em together.” – Monty Python and the Holy Grail I have spent some time recently trying to compose something on the topics of standards based grading and standardized testing in our public schools.  The time to shout about these tests, grading systems, and the stateContinue reading “Public Schools, Standardized Testing, Pandemics, and Coconuts”

America needs some Spaghettieis

It isn’t terribly hard to make, and the concept is simple enough. Press ice cream through an extruder to make it look like noodles. Add chocolate truffles for meatballs. Sauce can be a strawberry syrup. Shredded cheese is easy to copy with grated white chocolate. That’s Spaghettieis. In Germany it is a common sweet treat,Continue reading “America needs some Spaghettieis”

On the 28th Start of the School Year

This year was supposed to start much like the other twenty-seven before it, but those were all years BC, Before Covid. I said it. If you steal it, I’ll know. Moving forward as you would have expected simply no longer applies. Those who try to follow the usual path will likely fall off of aContinue reading “On the 28th Start of the School Year”

The Treasure

When did something made to serve Become the thief of time? The tools we said would lead to ease Have failed to give us the life sublime. Looking back, the pattern is there We focus more on look, don’t miss And of the living moment we are unaware. Before the bytes and megas and gigsContinue reading “The Treasure”

Pandemic life, racism, uncertainty, and peace

I have deliberated for a brief period regarding what, if anything, I should write. My last entry came before our society was faced in earnest with a global pandemic, a new invisible enemy. We also have been grappling with an old invisible enemy, one that is even more difficult to fight than a virus- racism.Continue reading “Pandemic life, racism, uncertainty, and peace”

What Gets Measured, Gets Improved

For more than a year I have been keeping data for the sake of my fitness journey. Using the Lifesum app on my phone, I have been recording everything I eat, all of my exercises and steps, and in so doing, charting progress in many ways. But one of the things about it that buggedContinue reading “What Gets Measured, Gets Improved”

An Epicurean, an Epidemic, a Food Pantry, and Government Cheese

I have long thought that Government Cheese would be a great band name. Government Mule was used already by a very cool southern rock group that started back in the mid 1990’s. I’ve had government cheese, though, and it is not anything like cool. Government peanut butter is similarly uncool. Which brings me to theContinue reading “An Epicurean, an Epidemic, a Food Pantry, and Government Cheese”

The Primal Call of Fire

I can’t remember ever fearing fire. I am drawn to it. I know how destructive it can be, and how deadly it can be. For these reasons I respect fire. During this time of quarantine and social distancing, I have kept the television off. I get news reports and happenings via the internet, but mostContinue reading “The Primal Call of Fire”

The Importance of Skepticism in Education and Beyond

Teaching is a profession with heavy responsibility. Students, especially younger ones, are all too eager to believe or accept what you say as fact. They want to know that what you say is true. They want to know that what they see is true. Most of us are generally willing to join in that modeContinue reading “The Importance of Skepticism in Education and Beyond”

Twenty-one Lessons From Chess

Those who know the rules of the game and play by them best usually win. Every group or organization has its culture. Every potential deal has its players and personalities. In addition to simply wanting something, you have to learn about the rules which dictate the play of your particular problem.┬áTake time to learn aboutContinue reading “Twenty-one Lessons From Chess”