"The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves." -- John Adams

"No money shall be drawn from the treasury, for the benefit of any religious or theological institution." -- Indiana Constitution Article 1, Section 6.

"...no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish enlarge, or affect their civil capacities." – Thomas Jefferson

My Blogs

Live Long and Prosper
My Personal Blog with thoughts about Public Education and more...

I started this blog in 2006, while I was still teaching. I was frustrated by the overuse and misuse of testing, the decreasing classroom teacher autonomy, and the intrusion of "reformist" ideology into our school.

Beginning in January, 2013, I started putting a copy of every blogpost on a Wordpress Blog. Someone told me that I needed to switch from Blogger to Wordpress, so I started double posting with the intent of eventually moving there permanently. After a while, however, I realized that Blogger meets my needs as well, if not better than Wordpress. I still post there as well as on Blogger since I get a few hits for each post...

Live Long and Prosper: WordPress mirror

Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education
NEIFPE MISSION STATEMENT: We are citizens, teachers, administrators, and parents united by our support for public education and by concerns for its future. Recent federal and state reform measures have created an over-emphasis on testing and have turned over public education to private interests. We believe that these reforms threaten the well-being of our children and jeopardize their futures. Our goal is to inform ourselves and to start community discussion about the impact of these measures on our public schools and, more importantly, on our children.

Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education - Parent Corner
Specifically for Parents.

East Allen Educators Association (ISTA, NEA) - NOTE: This blog is no longer active.
East Allen Educators Association (EAEA) is proud to serve the professional educators in East Allen County Schools Indiana. EAEA is an affiliate of the Indiana State Teachers Association and the National Education Association.

You can follow EAEA on their facebook page at: www.facebook.com/EAEATeachers/

Email: eaeateachers@gmail.com

I taught in East Allen County Schools for 34 years and was proud to be a member of EAEA the entire time. I also was happy to serve the teachers of EACS as a committee chair, building rep and officer.

Fort Wayne Education Association (ISTA, NEA)
Fort Wayne Educators Association (FWEA) is proud to serve the professional educators in Fort Wayne Community School Corporation. FWEA is an affiliate of the Indiana State Teachers Association and the National Education Association.

FWEA's web site is located at www.teamfwea.com

Email: fweateachers@gmail.com

ISTA-Retired Allen County (ISTA, NEA)
ISTA-Retired Allen County is the local ISTA and NEA Affiliate for retired teachers in Allen County Indiana
Email: allen.istar@gmail.com

Allen County Retired Educators (IRTA)
AREA is the Allen County affiliate of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association.
Email: allencountyrea@gmail.com