"The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves." -- John Adams

"No money shall be drawn from the treasury, for the benefit of any religious or theological institution." -- Indiana Constitution Article 1, Section 6.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was and never will be...nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe." – Thomas Jefferson

About Me

HISTORY

I was born and raised in the West Rogers Park neighborhood (aka West Ridge) of Chicago. I attended Philip Rogers Elementary School (K-8) and graduated in 1966 from Sullivan High School. I lived in Chicago until I went to college at Indiana University in 1966. After I graduated with a degree in Religious Studies in 1970 my wife and I lived in Albany Park in Chicago while she attended Northeastern Illinois University.

In 1973 we moved to the Fort Wayne Indiana area and have lived there ever since, raising three children. In 1975 I earned my teaching credentials from Indiana University in Fort Wayne (IPFW). I earned a Masters degree in elementary education, an endorsement in Computer Education (K-12) in 1991, in Reading (K-12) in 1994, and trained as a Reading Recovery teacher through Purdue University in 1996. In 1975 I was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education.

CAREER

During my career I taught grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, Reading Recovery, and worked as a reading diagnostic specialist. I worked in four different elementary schools beginning in the 1975-1976 school year and retired in June, 2010. Since retirement I taught one semester at IVY Tech Community College, and currently volunteer at a local Elementary School.

I documented my "life" in elementary schools, from Kindergarten through volunteer, in the following posts:

As a student
Rogers School 1953-1962 (K-8)

As a teacher
Sunnymede Elementary School, 1975, Student Teaching
Coesse Elementary School, 1976, Kindergarten
Monroeville Elementary School, 1976-1987, Grades 1 and 3
Woodburn Elementary School, 1987-1991, Grades 2, 3 and 4
Harlan Elementary School, 1991-2010, Grades K, 2, 6, Reading Recovery
Volunteer experiences -- in progress

AFFILIATIONS

Besides blogging here I run/coordinate blogs for community and professional organizations. See HERE.

I am a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association – Retired (ISTA-R) and the National Education Association (NEA). I have been a member of ISTA and NEA since 1975. During my years as a teacher I was a building representative, committee chair, state delegate, and officer.

I am also a member of the following organizations:

The Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education (NEIFPE)
Kappa Delta Pi
Phi Delta Kappa
The International Literacy Association (ILA)
Reading Recovery Council of North America

I have no political party affiliations. The Republicans under President Bush (43) and the Democrats under President Obama have worked together to weaken America's public education system. In Indiana (where I live) the Republicans own the government and are killing public education. In Chicago (where I grew up) the Democrats own the government and are killing public education. Both major parties have sold out to corporate education "reform," apparently for the money.

I support public schools and write about issues that public schools and public school teachers face, particularly the abuse and misuse of standardized tests, the privatization of public education, and the deprofessionalization of the education profession.

Please feel free to comment.

COMMENT RULES

This blog generates very few comments. However, if you choose to comment here are some simple rules. Please check back here for corrections and additions.

1. I will not allow racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise bigoted comments. If you post those sorts of comments I will delete them with no explanation. No exceptions.

2. No obscene or offensive language please. I'm from Chicago and I am familiar with, and use a wide variety of expletives, but not here. Again, if you post that it will be deleted with no explanation. An occasional "damn" or "hell" doesn't bother me.

3. I will publish anonymous comments. I encourage people to comment using their name, however I understand why sometimes you can’t.

4. Be specific in your comments. Any comments which spam for a commercial web site will be deleted. Comments with religious content are not automatically removed, however, if your comment is not related to the blog post, or is specifically intended to proselytize, or is only intended to be a link to a religious site, it will be removed.

5. I believe it is an American tradition to question leaders. Try to be respectful. (I will allow for a little room for 'disrespectful' comments. I know people get passionate and intense -- I do, too. When people feel strongly about an issue, they will sometimes cross the line. I will allow a limited amount of line crossing).

6. Even if I do not respond, I read every comment (which is not too hard since there are so few of them). If you ask a question I'll try to answer. I don't like internet arguments, so I likely won't participate in that sort of thing.

7. I will be the final judge of what goes up as a comment. Please note that, in an effort to combat spam, comments with hyperlinks will not be published.

Disclaimer: Approved comments do not necessarily mean I agree with their contents or support their arguments.

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