809, 2017

Snowflake Enablers

By |September 8th, 2017|Education|Comments Off on Snowflake Enablers

Ok, I admit it. Soon after my high school graduation, I failed the English Placement Exam. That meant that I had to take English 1A, euphemistically known as “Bonehead English,” my first quarter at Foothill Community College in Los Altos Hills, California. This was in the late 1970s when our hippy-dippy tenured high school teachers […]

2207, 2017

UC Admissions and the Fiction Writers Club

By |July 22nd, 2017|Education|Comments Off on UC Admissions and the Fiction Writers Club

I thought about good old Mr. Bulwer-Lytton, the art of fiction writing, and making up bad stories when I read about the new admission requirements for students who wish to be accepted for the University of California. Since 1983 several English professors at San Jose University have sponsored the annual Bulwer-Lytton Contest for “the opening […]

3012, 2015

Armed with Civic Skills

By |December 30th, 2015|Education|Comments Off on Armed with Civic Skills

 On April 19, 1836, sixty years after the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the first battle of the American Revolutionary War, local citizens gathered together to dedicate a monument to remember what the brave Minutemen did at Lexington Green and the Concord North Bridge. The voices of the local citizens and a few aging patriots […]

2312, 2015

Great Teachers and the Credentials Trap

By |December 23rd, 2015|Education|Comments Off on Great Teachers and the Credentials Trap

Who is Eugene W. Hickok and why is he telling school administrators in Auburn and throughout the nation who they can and cannot hire as teachers? Mr. Hickok is a federal Undersecretary in the Department of Education and he is probably right now sitting at a big brown desk in a big brown building somewhere […]

2212, 2015

High School Senioritis or Golden Opportunity

By |December 22nd, 2015|Education|Comments Off on High School Senioritis or Golden Opportunity

 When I was in high school, I cut one class and got caught. It wasn’t even a hard class like Chemistry or Calculus. I ditched an afternoon class of Leather Shop because I was bored and frankly not very good at cutting and stitching together pieces of former cows. For many years, I had to […]

2012, 2015

Putting the Health of Children Up for Sale

By |December 20th, 2015|Education, Health Care|Comments Off on Putting the Health of Children Up for Sale

A few days ago, a friend and I were having lunch in a Greek café in downtown Sacramento and the conversation turned to education reform. My friend has been a teacher, administrator, and for the last ten years, an education policy analyst with the California Legislature. She admits that she has lost more battles than […]

1912, 2015

Local Control for Community Colleges

By |December 19th, 2015|Education|Comments Off on Local Control for Community Colleges

President Thomas Jefferson wrote, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” Jefferson’s wise admonition has been ignored.  According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), 72% of incoming students to our California Community Colleges need remedial instruction in the English […]

1412, 2015

Bold Solutions for California

By |December 14th, 2015|Bold Solutions, Education, Good Government Reforms, Health Care, Public Safety, Transportation, Water|Comments Off on Bold Solutions for California

“It is not my intention to do away with government.  It is rather to make it work – work with us, not over us, and stand by our side, not ride our back.”