why I'm here

My father's parents had ten years of schooling between them; they sent eight children to college. My other grandmother taught school from the plains of Kansas to the parking lots of Southern California. I grew up with the idea that education made anything possible.  I've seen enough to know the limits to such faith, but there's something irresistible in the promise, no? That's a lot of why teaching still matters to me.  An education guarantees nothing, not even a chance. But maybe if one is ready should opportunity stop here...

I don't hide being romantic about learning, even if my beliefs are an expression of Enlightenment bad faith, because each person who transcends the limits of heritage or geography has to believe. And in an increasingly regulated, over-credentialed world we need more people who are willing to risk embarrassment for a chance to hope.

my most recent statement about my approach to teaching

my thoughts about what it takes to run a writing program successfully 


random thoughts and links about ________


changing education




believing in goodness
choosing anything








choosing a new path











Scott