Author Archives: James Hamric

Thoughts and Prayers

Here we go again.  26 people have been killed at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas today and people all over are offering their thoughts and prayers. I wonder… How the thoughts and prayers directed toward the 32 victims at Virginia Tech in 2007 affected the 27 killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012? How […]

How Would You Know?

How would you know if your coworker was a Muslim or an atheist or a Christian? How would you know if a woman that is part of your weekly happy hour group had had an abortion in her 20s? How would you know that the guy leaving the men’s room as you enter was actually […]

The Peril of Ignorance

On June 1, 2017, Donald Trump decided the United States would join Syria and Nicaragua as the only two countries on the planet that would not be part of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. To be clear, Syria has not signed mainly due to its ongoing civil war. And Nicaragua didn’t sign on […]

Ten Years Later

There are times I think I am being selfish when I discuss what happened on April 16, 2007. I knew none of the victims. Any pain I feel is nowhere near the pain the families must feel on this day. But I do feel pain. And every year that pain neither lessens nor becomes easier […]

Healthcare IS a right

I make no apologies whatsoever for the title. I neither understand why basic healthcare needs be ‘affordable’ nor why we need a competitive marketplace for insurance companies. The entire debate over the ACA (Obamacare) and the AHCA (Trumpcare) is, to me, pretty outrageous. Any plan that is not some version of a single payer (whether […]

Refusal and Discontent

Article 2 of the United States Constitution states the following: “[The President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other […]

Searching for a verb

Exasperated, disappointed, frustrated, scared, angry, dumbfounded, amazed. These all do part of the job, but not the whole job. I’m unaware of a single word that would describe my emotions when thinking of the Trump presidency thus far, but there is a verb that does not fit. I am exasperated and disappointed because, among all […]

Open letter urging Senate not confirm Betsy DeVos

[I sent this letter to my Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn. While I am doubtful it will have any impact, public education will be in serious jeopardy if Ms. DeVos is confirmed] It is my sincere hope that you decline to confirm Ms. Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. Her history of lobbying […]

The Coming of Trump

H.L. Mencken once said “On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” If that doesn’t sum up the result of the 2016 General Election night, I’m not sure what does. Before I really […]

I have found my limit

In the 1973 movie Magnum Force, Dirty Harry said ‘A man’s got to know his limitations.’ I have found mine. My limitation has been reached in being able to understand any person that has already, or will on Tuesday, cast a vote for Donald Trump. (For the record, the irony that Dirty Harry was played […]

Dad Gone Wild

My thoughts on public education and the world we live in.

Teachers' Letters to Bill Gates

Educators from the US and beyond: please share your teaching stories with Mr. Bill Gates. How have the policies of the Gates Foundation influenced your classroom, your students, your teaching, your schools, and your communities?

Crazy Normal - the Classroom Exposé

An insider's look at education, teaching, parenting and coming of age.

David R. Taylor-Thoughts on Education

My thoughts about public education in the State of Texas

Cloaking Inequity

A blog focused on education and social justice

The Mafia of Good Intentions

Addressing the Root Causes of America's Underperforming Pubic Schools

Dog in Balance

the DOG blog that can help YOU

The Mind of Hammy

Thoughts and opinions on just about anything

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The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.