Carlitude Looks Back and Looks Forward

North Carolina Winter 2015

Today, December 31, is the final day of 2017, which many believe to be the worst year we have had in a long time, thanks to Mr. Trump, sexual harassment, Congress, immigration, mass shootings, the Russians, health care, and whatever else you want to add to your list personally. For me, I had the flu for three weeks in the Spring. I had to pay a bucket-load of income tax. I had to travel a lot in October and November. And the proceedings for my daughter and her wife to adopt a couple of kids strung out through the year. Every day brought some new political comment, usually as a tweet, that made me furious and despondent. In a word, 2017 sucked, but as I look back at my Facebook memories, I see that I believe that every year. And every year, I am ready to turn the corner. This year, it’s turning over to 2018.

Do we have any reason to believe that 2018 will be any better? Well, I suppose optimism, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Certainly the list of 2017 issues will continue to get a lot of coverage, and truth be told, there is always something to be mad about. 2018 is an election year, and I’m sure we’ll hear from all sides on any number of. Issue, including our favorite topic — education.

Here at Carlitude, we provide commentary on education, politics, and other issues of the day. Our commentaries are usually serious and intended to education our readers about education and how important it is to the well-being of our society, democracy, and economy. On occasion, you’ll see something that is intended to be humorous or even absurd, because one cannot watch the world and not see things that are funny, goofy, or head-scratchingly strange.

Those of you are are familiar with my work know that I am an educator at work at improving opportunities for students on the margins — poor students, black and brown students, students with disabilities, English Learners, and others who get lost in the system. I strongly support public education birth through higher education, and I include charter schools there because I see some possibilities in loosening up the control systems that currently hamstring educators.

Our first project, which will thread over the next couple of months, is a study of some of the basics in public education and how they have generated reform and controversy. We hope you enjoy and learn from it.

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