Archive for May 2011 | Monthly archive page

Dear Seniors: Please, Just Go

Holy shit…you guys are the cat’s meow…let me tell you. You seniors… But you don’t need me to tell you. Am I right? You already know just exactly how goddamn awesome you are. And some of you really are. But others, not so much. You come in late, or nor at all. You complain about how stressful your life is. You sleep in class…because you are sooo stressed. What’s with you guys? I know you are stressed. The stress is maybe a little like alcohol. They say it enhances your personality. Read more [...]

Teachers: Should We Stand Up?

“Best beginning of a book ever” That’s what I wrote in the left-hand margin over 20 years ago when I first read these words: The human spirit glows from that small inner light of doubt whether we are right, while those who believe with complete certainty that they possess the right are dark inside and darken the world outside with cruelty, pain, and injustice. It’s from the second page of Saul Alinsky’s classic, hard-core progressive activism guide-book, Rules For Radicals (1971). Before Read more [...]

Circus For Grown-Ups

Are y’all about done with testing? I am. We just had two weeks of AP tests right on the heels of the High-Stakes State Tests for AYP and everything. We pulled out all the stops. Everything was up-ended. Learning was on holiday. But it smelled good. During the state tests we served bacon and eggs and waffles to everybody, every morning. There were prizes and pizza parties for coming in on time. Administrators dressed up in funny costumes and said silly things during announcements. Slogans and Read more [...]

I Felt Bloated on Saturday

I was tired. It was even more difficult than normal to perform the menial and tedious job-related chores I had brought home for a beautiful Saturday morning. But my wife and I went to a benefit auction and dinner on Saturday night, as planned. No problem. And after that we went to see our friend’s band at the Iota Club, as planned. It was in this unfortunate venue that the real trouble began. Knock-Knock Who’s there? Sal Sal who? Salmonella!! That’s right, folks. Salmonella. I recommend, Read more [...]