Why Nobody Wins In The Ray Rice Assault Case

Like so many other citizens of Baltimore (and football followers across the country), I am nearly speechless about the incident involving Ray Rice and his fiancee, Janay Palmer. As of this evening, this much is known. Two complaint summons were filed with the Atlantic City Municipal Court on Feb. 15, 2014. In the first summons, … Continue reading Why Nobody Wins In The Ray Rice Assault Case

“Be Good To People”

"No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind." These words were written by 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer, the Danvers High algebra I teacher who was murdered in the school bathroom last Tuesday. The alleged murderer is a 14-year-old student in Ritzer's class. The … Continue reading “Be Good To People”

No Comparison: Why Everything’s Different For Today’s Children

(previously published at http://www.towson.patch.com, 9/8/2012) September 9-15, 2012, is National Suicide Prevention Week, and the link between bullying and suicide attempts is alarming. According to numerous studies by Yale University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bully victims are between two and nine times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims. For more … Continue reading No Comparison: Why Everything’s Different For Today’s Children

Give Education Reform Projects A Chance

I am one of the lucky teachers who gets the chance to work with students for four straight years while they are in high school. When young journalism or graphics/design students enter my classroom as freshmen, I know that I can establish a 4-year plan toward independence, autonomy, and confidence in the work they produce, … Continue reading Give Education Reform Projects A Chance