Hiding one’s mistakes

I found this Sully post interesting. Its about whether people or machines are to blame for accidents ie. Fukashima, car crashes, etc. The scientist who has been investigating the question wants to blame machines noting that laying the blame on human falibility tends to end up in either covering up the problem (obscuring the need […]

Rough notes

I’m not fussy about perfection which explains my comfort with the last post’s state – unpolished. Its an attitude that I think is useful to show students who too often think mistakes are some sort of blemish. They are great teaching opportunities….the same way that, theoretically at least, there are no stupid questions. I suspect […]

Yesterday was a good day…

…today is a good day. In fact the whole week has been good. Monday I participated in my second rehearsal for the Duluth Superior Chorus. I had sung with the chorus for about five years a decade ago but set it aside when I got caught up in the Red Plan imbroglio and stayed away […]

A rule you ignore at your peril

Its one thing for the boss to blindside his subordinates like President Trump does with every tweet. Its quite another for a subordinate to blindside his or her bosses. That was a rule I learned right away from my fellow school board members even before I was first elected to the school board in 1995. […]

Ramos Correction

John Ramos, true to form, admitted a mistake, albeit a tiny, picky mistake in his last column. He did not realize that there were eight school board candidates appealing to the Duluth Federation of Teachers for their endorsement. It was strongly suggested that his failure to mention former Denfeld teacher and current Speech Coach, Jill […]

Big Boo Boo

I made quite a fuss in this recent post about our lost ISD 709 students (30% of the total students we could be educating) only being lost do to “open enrollment” to neihboring Districts. In that post I incorrectly explained, “By the way, Open Enrollment DOES NOT INCLUDE ENROLLMENT IN CHARTER SCHOOLS!!!!! That’s extra.” I […]

Small World

Shepherding my grandsons around I forgot to check my calendar this morning. No problem. Memorial Blood Bank called to ask why I was late for my 92nd pint contribution. They told me it was OK if I showed up half an hour late. I hurried over and saw that someone had just signed in five […]

’ Blog Housekeeping

For several years I’ve been greatly annoyed that bugs sneaked into my blog posts. They are punctuation bugs. Maybe you’ve noticed them especially if you’ve followed my search function to older posts. They are especially common from the time I began serving for my third term in 2014. I still don’t know what caused them […]

Tonight could be an interesting meeting…

…here is an email the School Board recently received regarding it: Good Morning Duluth School Board Members! Thank You all very much for the time, energy and attention you provide our District! The critical role you each play in our children’s future is extraordinary and challenging. I’ve had the unique privilege of getting to know […]

Necroscopy of a meeting, Part 3

I’ll begin with this cryptic comment. Anyone who thinks that some of my communications are unpleasant, has no idea how some on the Administrative side have dealt with folks on the minority’s side. Mine have been tepid by comparison – all bark and no bite. *********************************************************************** I played good cop and bad cop ahead of […]