Dr. Carole Lieberman, host of “Dr. Carole’s Couch” interviewed me about the book for her radio show. She asked some very provocative questions, including the toughest one yet, “Why do some of our public schools get to screen for top students and have so many more resources than others?” The full show is here. Dr. […]
Dan Hust wrote a beautiful piece on Yo Miz! for the “Sullivan Life” section of August 7’s Sullivan County Democrat. He hit all the high points. Many thanks. You can read it here.
I had to cut “Yo Miz” the book…alot… to focus on the kids I encountered – and my hope for them. Starting today, I’m posting bits and pieces that didn’t make the cut. My Short History of Tweed Tweed. That’s the familiar name for the old New York County Courthouse, that elegant neo-classical, American […]
My first guest blogger is a music educator I admire, Don Castellow. ( Full disclosure: he’s also my husband.) Originally written in response to my last blog, “End of Term Report Card – Arne Duncan: NOT Promoted.” I asked him if he’d mind my featuring it as its own post. He’s cool with this. […]
That’s right. 650 students. Total art supplies: one cardboard box with some paper and a few colored pencils. No pencil sharpener. In my upcoming book about my adventures teaching in 25 Manhattan public high schools last year, (working title: “Yo Miz”) you can read all about this travesty. These kids are starved for the arts. […]
That’s right! You heard me. A plethora of pedagogical pundits are proffering their pov’s about the so-called failure of our public schools to educate our children. Poverty, high dropout rates, low scores on standardized tests, the dearth of classes in fine arts, music, physical education, the lack of school libraries, computers, books, social workers, guidance […]