Author, Dreamer, Educator: A life in service - NYPD, EMS, disabilities/UDL specialist, tech and innovation leader for education. Co-author of Timeless Learning

Our memories of our national history only last as long as they appear to be of value. Our students should know that.

Towers of Light, nighttime remembrance, September 11, 2016
September 11, 2016

Robert E. Lee was a racist traitor who led the slaughter of more American soldiers than any other military leader in the history of the United States.

That fact was pretty obvious to most Americans in 1865, in 1870, even in 1875. It continued to be clear, at least north…

Person carrying the black American flag supposedly showing support for police
Flying this flag can never be anything but racist.

Category: Pet Peeve (yeah, one of many)

I have to work to not get furious every time I hear or see the phrase, “Blue Lives Matter,” and I could get even crazier when I see that ridiculous “Blue Lives Matter — Thin Blue Line" flag.

My anger represents why American…

This is certainly an unfair observation but, within the county that surrounds the city I live in, or along the interstate highways I typically drive, I have never seen a police officer stopping a pickup truck less than 25-years-old driven by a white male.

Pickup truck without license plates, just “Farm Use” on a cardboard plate
Good ol’ boys…

This is certainly not a true…

Ella Flagg Young seated at her desk.
Ella Flagg Young


“The names of three children in a reading class are George, Lucy , and Frank . George has just read a paragraph aloud and the teacher has called upon Lucy to read the same. When Lucy reads that paragraph what should be her motive — to express the thought…

“The way we need to measure ourselves as educators,” I have told many, many people, “is by how many choices our children have when they turn 30.”

News: Bill could help students catch up after falling behind due to remote learning
North Carolina

When I repeated that to people at MichiganFuture recently, I found myself comparing this measurement — one which at first glance seems…

police officers outside the Capitol on January 6, one holds his head in his hands
police officers outside the Capitol on January 6

“Officer Brian D. Sicknick died Thursday due to injuries sustained while on-duty, physically engaging with protesters at the US Capitol, a statement said.

“Sicknick, a 12-year veteran of the force, was “responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the US Capitol and was injured while physically…

Ira David Socol

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