Nostesia

As previously mentioned, one of my heroes in education is businessman Jamie Vollmer, author of the book, Schools Cannot Do It Alone: Building Public Support for America’s Public Schools. He coined one of my favorite terms, “nostesia,” a combination of nostalgia and amnesia. Whether changing from conventional A – F grading system to standards-based grading or from a traditional calendar to one spread throughout the calendar year to prevent summer learning loss (or the “summer learning slide”), this term fights to defend and maintain the status quo. Nostesia Millions of Americans argue, often vehemently, that today’s schools are dreadful compared to the…

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Me: Won. Appendix: Zero

Note: This post was originally written July 5, 2015 and added to this blog site two years  later (because I have a blog now). The setting of my “how I spent my summer” essay would start at Denton Regional Hospital in wee hours of morning on Thursday in late June. Going back to the previous weekend where I’d been at the Texas Association of School Board Conference co-presenting some of the remarkable things happening in Denton ISD, I’d been hurting in the gut. But since internal issues have been my norm for so long, I just went on. (I chew Pepto-Bismol like…

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