Vivian

When you're occasionally an insomniac and doing Internet "research" for your "work" you sometimes chance upon something really important, like dear Vivian Connell's final blogpost One Last Time (http://bit.ly/ViOneLastTime) including a few video highlights like this one: http://bit.ly/2wmFVLf This is powerful stuff(http://bit.ly/ViOneLastTime) to be set aside for sometime when you don't mind being sad, inspired, … Continue reading Vivian

Wanted: Strong Candidates Who Believe in Public Schools by Jeff Bryant, Bertis Downs

A few years ago, I decided to quit bothering with politics. I’d had it with politicians who say one thing and do another, who say they support public schools but abandon this conviction once in office. Talk is cheap, and when it comes to public education, political talk is especially cheap. I set about working … Continue reading Wanted: Strong Candidates Who Believe in Public Schools by Jeff Bryant, Bertis Downs

Library of Congress Education Vimeo on Flagpole.com

Bertis Downs on the State of Athens Schools Best known as R.E.M.'s lawyer, for many years Athens resident Bertis Downs has been an advocate for—and become something of an expert on—public education. --------- In it, Downs argues for continuing the decentralized approach that the Clarke County School District agreed to pursue when it became a … Continue reading Library of Congress Education Vimeo on Flagpole.com

Colm Toibin visits Clarke Central HS: A somewhat extraordinary hour of high school on an otherwise ordinary day

In this post, an Athens resident describes a recent event that occurred at Clarke Central High School. Famed Irish writer Colm Toibin visited and engaged with students, not the usual activity on a regular school day but one that captures some of the extraordinary things that happen in this school district. Our town was just … Continue reading Colm Toibin visits Clarke Central HS: A somewhat extraordinary hour of high school on an otherwise ordinary day

100+ Days of Action: Getting Involved in Public Education

When I am asked how to best “get involved” on public education issues I guess I think of a few salient things: 1)  Volunteer at whatever level is best for you: your local school, broader local issues, statewide or national policy issues. Our schools need the help everywhere and each of those levels have their own … Continue reading 100+ Days of Action: Getting Involved in Public Education