As I read social media and and ingest the stream of real events in the local paper and daily news broadcast, hope escapes me. It’s election season and anxiety in our state and nation is at an all time high. For length and readability I am going to concentrate specifically on West Virginia for […]
Here is a little something to brighten your day! Happy Friday! Mr Johnson and the wonderful students at Ripley High School performing the Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson hit Uptown Funk at last Thursday’s Variety Show!
Public education is a paradox. With all of it’s flaws there are moments of complete fulfillment. Teachable moments and learnable moments. Students and teachers share in these moments on a daily basis. Yesterday one of my student’s, who over time I have become quite close to shared a speech with me that he was […]
Racism is fueling the 24 hour news cycle right now. White on black violence has its place on television everyday and every night. The racism debate is as volatile as it has been since the the 60’s, and it is reaching a fever pitch. Everyone is writing, blogging, inserting their opinion wherever they can […]
Everyday millions of student pass through the lunch line, grab a tray, swipe a card, sit down and begin the most open, casual, and social part of their school day…lunchtime. We would like to imagine that the food our kids are being served is of the highest in quality and most nutrient dense grub that […]
It’s 6am and no sleep to be had. Mom’s is slumped over on the couch in a coma like state and her flavor of the week is drawing in and out of consciousness. The time has come to put on dirty clothes and head off to school. Passing through the halls they pass their peers […]
As a life long learner and inhabitant of West Virginia I have driven my mind to the hills trying to understand the plight of our state, and specifically the people in it. Our state ranks dead to near last in every major quality of life category and are showing zero signs of redemption. Last in […]