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Tell Me A Story - Wednesday, Septemeber 13, 7 p.m., @ Shot Tower Philadelphia

Come hear me talk about inventing Tuna Sundaes on a cooking show. Lots of other talented people telling stories as well.  Five bucks lets you in the door.


Education Disrupted — We do not live; we consume

From the NYT today, Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues



Does the term "Brand-name teacher" make anyone else's skin crawl?

I must be an old soul for longing for the days of quiet professionalism, where laboring in obscurity in a societal role was met with regard and enough coin to make a living. Did those days ever exist? You'll have to tell me. My entire life I have only known an America of braggadocio, self-branding, mercenarism, marketing, hustle, and the erosion of dignity in the hope of sales.

The lucre-sucking maw of our billionaire oligarchs has been feeding on the education system for decades now. Segregation (oh yeah, it never stopped), lousy charter schools,  labyrinths of expensive, nerve-wracking, and largely pointless testing, and the gradual degradation of teaching have all delivered body blows to the instrument that in theory is supposed to children for the future.

And maybe it's working just the way it's supposed t…