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…

The inherent racism behind the phrase “Blue Lives Matter” is obvious, but the “Thin Blue Line" flag is far more sinister.

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…

More important than reimagining police services and funding is stopping the school to prison (and death) pipeline at the start (a George Floyd anniversary post)

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…

That I’ve never known the work of this woman is one more misogynist crime against history.

Ella Flagg Young seated at her desk.
Ella Flagg Young

SpeEdChange.Women’s.History.Month

“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…

Neither the federal government, nor any of our states, can point to any academic measurement used that says anything of value about our children.

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“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…

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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…

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The school at the center of the NY Times podcast, Nice White Parents
IS 293, “Nathan Hale Middle School,” in Brooklyn, NY. The subject of Nice White Parents, the New York Times/Serial Podcast Series.

Exclusionary “Learning Pods” are not just racist, and of course classist, let’s state the obvious, but they are also violence against children, and we must say this.

Broadband access in this nation is racist and classist and an assault on rural children and children everywhere whose parents lack resources…

Ira David Socol

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