ElectionsVote This is goodbye.  In about a month it will be about a dozen years when I aired my first Beacon commentary.  That was then a recommendation for Cameron Smyth when he was first running for a s(more..)

ElectionsVote It’s time for high school football.  As I write this piece, high school football teams are putting their finishing touches on a practice regimen that may have begun as early as last March.&(more..)

ElectionsVote As a certified civil servant of the state of California, every year I have to sign a number of pages that mandate me to report any sign of child abuse.  This is a legal requirement for every kind(more..)

ElectionsVote Let’s fast forward to the next time you call in sick to work.  Unless you are some kind of office fiend the response from your workplace is likely to be sort of sanguine:  “Okay,(more..)

ElectionsVote When you teach in California’s public high schools like I do, you learn to sight the foster child who is at greatest risk.  It is the child who looks most like he or she doesn’t want (more..)

ElectionsVote Some of you may remember my telling you here of my own experience of being homeless.  Or more likely you may have forgotten it, because I experienced a really babyish version of  homelessnes(more..)

ElectionsVote If it’s okay with you – or even if it’s not so okay with you – I thought I would just ask myself questions about how digital form has revolutionized the teaching of American hi(more..)

ElectionsVote Before the current tea party, there was the first one, in Boston.  At that time, a distant and arrogant government had tried to remake Americans in its own image, sending them lots of tea to drin(more..)

ElectionsVote Have you known a friend who you would like to help, but you find out you cannot help in any way?  And you finally conclude that if this person is ever going to be freed from his problem, this guy(more..)

ElectionsVote Today unfortunately is the day of the school lockdown and the school  lockdown drill. This isn’t to say that the era of the traditional fire drill has passed. Surely by my count in public s(more..)