Author Archives: Dan Kennedy

What Do Teachers Mean By “We’re Professionals!”?

Scratch any discussion with or about teachers, and sooner or later you’ll come across some variation of: “We’re professionals, and we deserve to be treated and paid like we are!” So what exactly do they mean by “we are professionals”?  … Continue reading

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Hard Truths: On Our Teachers

I’ve posted a number of items on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc., on what I call “hard truths.”  Generally these have to do with education and policies surrounding our schools.  The most recent items concern how we, as a society, select and … Continue reading

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57% Increase? You’ve Gotta Be Kidding!

57%.  That’s the number making my jaw drop. My daughter is thinking about going to NC State.  I saw a link in the NY Times website to a brief profile of NC State. So I clicked on it.  While the … Continue reading

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On Chronic Pain

Here’s the thing you need to know: the pain never really goes away.  It may be muted, submerged under the Tramadol or other pain medication.  It may be a “good” day, and the pain is just at the edge of … Continue reading

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The Music of My Grandparents

I planned to continue my rant about teachers, educrats, &c., but I’m having a flare up of arthritis (erosive osteoarthritis of the hands, with possible psoriatic arthritis on top).  I was going to give it a miss. As you can … Continue reading

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The Teachers Have Their Hands In Our Pockets

Here we go again.  The teachers say they aren’t paid enough, and that shows how little we value public education. They claim they’re worth more than the pittance we pay them.  They have advanced degrees, and they don’t make as … Continue reading

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Keeping On Track

So, I’ve committed to daily meditation sessions.  Mind you , I’ve done this before.  More than once.  But after a few days maybe a week or two, I’ll miss a day.  And then another. And then I say “Ah, the … Continue reading

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Meditation on Meditation

I’ve meditated off and on for the past year. Typically, I’ll go for 10 to 15 min. a day and keep it up for five days. Maybe a week. Than life intrudes.  I’ll miss a day, then another, and say … Continue reading

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The world is moving too fast for part time punditry

I drafted a nice piece on the end of self-government in these United States. (I was expanding on a previous blog post I wrote in the immediate aftermath of the SCOTUS decisions on CA Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense … Continue reading

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A Nice Juxtaposition

On my drive home this evening, I was listening to Performance Today on the local classical public radio station (WDAV).  “Les Preludes” by Franz Liszt was on.  The traffic came to a stop, and another SUV came up alongside.  We … Continue reading

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