On the Death of Michael Brown

It was my birthday this weekend: August 9th, 2014. I got lots of messages and texts and voicemails from friends and acquaintances telling me how much of a difference I make in their lives. People I haven’t spoken to in years reached out to specifically tell me that they are inspired by me, that I…

Later today…

Mom –  Whenever I shave my legs I have two memories hit me in close succession… Memory #1: When I was 10 or 11 and I asked you if I could start shaving my legs. Lauren Nuss already was, and not only was she my best friend but she had a big sister, so she…

Michelle Rhee Cheating Scandal: Partially Her Fault?*

Michelle Rhee is as controversial as ever when it comes to education. Supporters insist she makes tough decisions for schools and puts “students first.” Detractors argue that her emphasis on accountability does much more harm than good. However, both sides can agree — Michelle Rhee is a self-proclaimed data-driven reformer. Her constant insistence on measures…

I’m Angry*

It’s Monday, and I’m angry. I’m angry because, after a weekend of careful planning, after differentiating an assignment for students who have mastered skills at different levels, after catching up on all of my grading, after getting my lesson plans in on time with the TEKS and the Reading Comprehension standards and the ELPS, I…