The killing spree you never heard about

“Last Thursday, August 21st, Richard Plotts walked into the psychiatric unit Mercy Fitzgerald Wellness Center in Darby, Pennsylvania, alongside his caseworker. The two went into psychiatrist Dr. Lee Silverman’s office and an argument erupted.

Moments later, shots were fired.”  (CNN Story)

If I could make a rule that guns would magically disappear forever Continue reading

Nothing is Sacred. Massachusetts Education Data Collection

Massachusetts is sharing wide ranging, intrusive student and teacher data with the Federal Government. The people of Massachusetts need to demand that we put a stop to this. Here we will dive into the details of Massachusetts Education Data Collection. Continue reading

My letter to Massachusetts legislators on Common Core

Below is the email that I sent today to my State Rep, State Senator, DOE, BOE, and Mass Teachers Association.

You have my permission to borrow any of this in an email that you send. Find out who to email here.

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Happy Friday!

I am writing to request support for particular 2015 budget amendments. Continue reading

Common Core is not the problem. It is a symptom.

First thing first
We need to stop Common Core. State by State. This is job #1.

Onward
If you suffered through my prior blogs critical of Common Core (here and here), then you know of my strong opposition to Common Core. However, I think many people are not seeing the big picture. Continue reading

Common Core is not right for Medway

Our town of Medway, Massachusetts has finally awoken to Common Core and PARCC. I am a Medway parent of three children. I oppose Common Core and PARCC.

Last night Medway Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Judy Evans held her “Superintendent’s Chat” at the Middle School. She devoted her entire meeting (1hr) to discussing Medway school curriculum, PARCC, & Common Core. She fielded dozens of questions from dozens of concerned parents. I want to publically thank Dr. Evans and Armand Pires for dedicating their time to address our concerns.

I suspect that many parents left with many different feelings regarding PARCC and Common Core. Here are my feelings. In full disclosure, I am not an educator. I am a parent. Continue reading