Thursday, December 22, 2016


It's that time of year. Holiday lights. Family get togethers. Parties with friends and family.

December is a month of celebrations.

But even in the midst of this season, we are continually reminded that life is hard.

Life is full of disappointments.

Most of us of a certain age know that by now.

Many of us have had a lifetime of disappointments. Cut from the soccer team. An A- instead of an A. The girl (or guy) you knew would make you happy decided that you would not make her (or him) happy.

We've been rejected by colleges, employers, even people we thought were our friends.

The master plan we created becomes derailed somewhere along the way. It is tempting to live a life full of what ifs and should haves.

But every day the sun comes up.

And every day we get to decide what the day will bring.

For that, we should be thankful. And appreciative!

We get to make choices. Any one of those choices can make a difference in our life and in the lives of those around us.

Certainly, that is a reason to celebrate.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Win the championship? Not a priority

In schools we love to measure things. Grades. Attendance. Test scores.  GPAs. Class rank. Graduation rate. SAT scores. 

In Michigan we have created a Top-to-Bottom Ranking that, using state test scores, assigns a rank to every school in Michigan. Schools in the bottom five percent in this ranking could be considered for state sanctions up to and including closure.

With all this focus on measuring, clearly, test performance has become a big deal.

But should it be?

I ask this question because I recently came across a question and answer session between Gregg Popovich, Cornel West, and students at Sam Houston High School in Texas.