As co-chair of the Early Childhood Quality Standards Task Force, I've been leading a series of Town Meetings around the state. We've heard from parents, educators, academics, owner-operators and representatives of large chain child care companies. When parents and eductors spoke, they talked about why it was important that we develop some clear tool to … Continue reading Why Vouchers Won’t Fix South Carolina’s Schools
On those (oh too few days) when I slip unnoticed back into Greenwood, one of my tasks is to sort the mail, piled high as a result of my stubborn refusal to change the delivery address to the condo in Columbia. I don't know why, maybe it's just because I like Greenwood. Maybe I'm hedging … Continue reading Disenfranchised? Or just Dissed?
Apocalyptic religious cults always have a problem. The world doesn't end at their command. So they either set a new date or deny that they ever claimed that the end was coming. The more wily groups start hedging their bets ahead of the end-time. The Armageddon Brigade that inhabits the White House, staring straight into … Continue reading Bush’s New Plan for Victory in Iraq: "We’ve Never Been Stay the Course"
It’s bad enough to drive down the road talking calmly into the Bluetooth, while the white lines scream by at 72 miles per hour. But tonight I was screaming, weaving the little Jeep diesel in and out of traffic, pounding so hard on the dashboard that the kayak-induced crack in my windshield spread a good … Continue reading Spratt versus Norman, The Non-Debate
Genesis 2:18-24Psalm 8Hebrews 2: 9-18Mark 10:2-9It was in a garden, says the storyteller, a garden at the headwaters of the four great rivers of the world. The trees were lush, the afternoon air soft with the smell of new earth. The Garden, says the storyteller, had just recently been a desert, watered only by a … Continue reading The 22nd Sunday After Pentecost Year B
From the AP: “Thirteen U.S. soldiers have been killed in Baghdad since Monday, the American military reported, registering the highest three-day death toll for U.S. forces in the capital since the start of the war.”From CNN: "Admittedly, it seems like a decade ago," Bush went on. "I like to tell people when the final history … Continue reading What a Difference a Decade Makes: Commas–er, Comments from the 90’s
The truth is, I’m really saddened by this. Saddened by another scandal. Saddened by another career ruined by hubris, ego and lust. Saddened by the public humiliation of another popular leader that believed himself invulnerable to the brokenness that all of us share.I don’t know what was in Mark Foley’s heart. It clearly wasn’t good … Continue reading <!–strtcv–>Mark Foley’s Brokenness and Ours<!–stptcv–>