Category Archives: The inconvenient truth about education

Go Vote…like your life depends on it!

Sitting at the Red Garter bar alone on a Friday night, a perky young blond woman sips on her watered-down drink. I’m considering aloud which beer to order. Would I like the light, citrusy Barrio Brewery beer on tap? “Oh, … Continue reading

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Destroying AZ Public Schools: NYET!

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey hobnobs with the billionaire ultra-right-wing Koch brothers, his biggest fans.   Destroying public education is one of their foremost goals. They thought Arizona would be an easy mark.   The state — hanging by a thread … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky: The 89-year-old Rock Star of smarts!

More than five hundred students, old folks, scruffy types, and members of the Tucson intelligentsia listened intently to Noam Chomsky. Sitting on folding chairs in front of the downtown Joel Valdez main library, you could hear a pin drop. Speaking … Continue reading

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From citizen journalism to fake news…

I knew it wouldn’t end well. From my first blog post six years ago to the current reality of 1984, where lies become truth, science is suspect, and a blowhard president sits in the White House. I’m obsessed with George Orwell’s 1984. … Continue reading

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‘Ladies and Gentlemen and Dear Children…’

Little did I know that an airline announcement would have such an impact on me. I took eight flights on Turkish Airlines during “Sheila’s Excellent Adventure” last month. Each time the pilot began a mundane English announcement with “Ladies and … Continue reading

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Tucson Festival of Books: Return of my Past

Should I have gone to law school? Making the decision to not attend Vermont Law School, when Brook was 2 years old, wasn’t easy. I can let it go now, even as I listened to the brilliant and very funny … Continue reading

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I worry about surveys

I took my share of statistics as a political science major in college. As a teacher and journalist I’ve spent a lifetime asking questions, which can be difficult because no one is objective. Consider the recent Anti-Defamation League survey on … Continue reading

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