The Gun Issue

Last week I wrote about Uvalde and the issues around school safety and firearms safety. Mary Wells and I also wrote this. The short version is that these episodes are shocking but far more rare than most people realize. Schools are safe and trying to convince parents otherwise in pursuit of political goals is counterproductive no …

School Shootings Are Best Prevented By School Culture…And A More Responsible Firearms Culture

On the morning of Monday, January 29th 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer began shooting her rifle at students waiting to enter Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego. She ultimately killed the school’s principal, a custodian, and wounded eight children and a police officer. She then barricaded herself in her home. When a reporter reached her on …

Student Voice…And Good News On Pensions? More…

Coming attractions: I’m hosting a Twitter discussion for the WISE Education Summit next Tuesday morning. Twitter may not be a real place, pace Dave Chappelle, but I’ll be there. How are kids doing anyway? Well, ask them. On academics, though, they may not be doing so well. This new analysis of learning loss is sobering. It …

Why Loudoun Matters…Where Are The Scouts?

The drip drip from Loudoun County, Virginia, in regard to a sexual assault incident(s) continues.  Today we learned, ONLY ON WTOP: Loudoun County’s superintendent notified the school board the same day a female student was sexually assaulted at Stone Bridge High School, according to an email obtained by WTOP. https://t.co/Re4vkD7H60 — WTOP (@WTOP) October 22, …

Kaepernick And RBG Might Offer A Lesson For “CRT?”

Julia Galef has a great book recently out called The Scout Mindset. The world needs scouts and soldiers but Galef argues the scout approach has unique value. I’d say that’s especially true in a sprawling sector like education. Oversimplifying a bit, scouts seek to see things as they are and have habits around seeking dissenting …

Crime Beat

I promise I’m not going to turn this blog into a police blotter – but that would be easier than it seems in our field these past few years – Chicago, Atlanta, DC, this item below, and so forth as well as some episodes I’m sure I’m forgetting. But per this item on Parkland the …

Odds & Ends: Florida Arrests, LAUSD, Culture Wars…

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” Happy Birthday William. Kids like him! He’s relevant today! If there is a policy issue you really want to tackle Emma Vadehra is organizing the next cohort of Next100. Security experts generally agree the 2018 Parkland massacre, where 17 people were killed in a school shooting, was a …

Is Not Pivoting The New Pivot? Funders Are Good/Bad/Human…Plus TFA In The Dock In CA, School Safety, Janus Fallout, Music…More…

Music at the top here: Bellwether’s house band Chord Values. Happy Opening Day! Slow blogging, since last week, sorry, for a sector where nothing is happening it’s surprisingly busy. But a bunch of stuff below. Funders! Something you hear a lot in certain rooms in this sector is how so much money is dirty. Don’t …