There’s a lot being said about teacher retention these days. Here in SC, replacing public school teachers costs us about $74.5 million each year. Teaching is consistently rated one of the top stressful jobs (#5/10 here, #4/10 here and #3/10 here, for example). In fact, the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement here in… Continue reading we’re hiring, Mr. Trump (Jr.)
“For me, no ideological or political conviction would justify the sacrifice of a human life. For me, the value of life is absolute, with no concessions. It’s not negotiable.” ~Edgar Ramirez Life matters. It must. Unborn lives matter. Born lives matter. Refugee lives matter. Christian lives matter. Muslim lives matter. LGBT lives matter. Elderly lives… Continue reading what matters
I remember when I counted Mother’s Day the absolute hardest day of the year. I drug myself to church with dread and fought back bitter tears as all of the mothers in the room stood up to be recognized or held onto sweetly given flowers. Every sweet Mother’s Day wish brought with it a stinging… Continue reading when mother’s day hurts
In the middle of a (mostly sixth grade class) today, a student said: “Mrs. Freeman, can we pause this Latin stuff and talk about this week a little? I’m confused by the schedule. And the week in general. And maybe life.” (<– You know, middle school.) So we drew a picture, explaining the schedule for… Continue reading more than a number
“Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos” “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” ~ John 13:34 Maundy — from the Latin mandatum, meaning commandment — is the name given to this fifth… Continue reading a new commandment
This week has been a strange juxtaposition between the deep yearning for more and the deep sadness of inadequacy. While sitting at a table with one of this nation’s forefront education philanthropists and progressive thinkers, part of my heart was at home with a situation in which my very best intentions and efforts did not… Continue reading one wild and precious life
In 2012, Andy Andrews wrote a book titled How Do You Kill 11 Million People?. Early in the book, Andrews describes the difference between the words “past” and “history.” The past, he says, is what really happened; history is what has been recorded. Maybe sometimes the two align perfectly. More often, it seems, they do… Continue reading do you hear the train?