Sunday, July 12, 2015
Thoughts about overcoming my fears, plus a shout out from Diane Ravitch
In Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud, I wrote about how difficult it was for me to even get out of my apartment for quite some time after I received the police escort out of my classroom and that was even before C. J. Huff and members of his administrative team spent most of 10 hours attacking my character with allegations that had nothing to do with the charges against me.
For the most part I stopped writing for Huffington Post. Though I have contributed blogs from time to time. I suppose in the back of my mind I figured that people would have a hard time believing that someone who had been publicly attacked in the worst way possible by the "hero of the Joplin Tornado" would be someone whose thoughts on education would be worth considering.
It took me nearly two years to figure out that the only people in the Joplin area who have any problem with me are, for the most part, the same ones who did not like me or the Turner Report before my removal from the classroom and, of course, those who still think the greatest thing to ever happen to this area is Bright Futures.
I also have discovered that I have even less reason to be concerned about what people who read my national work on the Huffington Post or Daily Kos think of me. I can let my writing stand on its own.
So I was particularly pleased today when the nation's top education blogger, Diane Ravitch, a former top official in the Department of Education under President George H. W. Bush gave me a shout out on her blog, directing readers to my most recent Huffington Post blog.
It is always nice to be noticed in a positive way and especially from someone like Diane Ravitch, whose books are the most sensible being written about education today.
It took me far too long to realize it, but it is time for me to resume my regular writing on national education and political issues, in addition to what I have been doing on my blogs.
And it is probably time for me to get out a little more, but give me some time on that one.
Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud: Greed, Corruption, and the Joplin Tornado is available locally at Always Buying Books and Changing Hands Book Shoppe in Joplin and Pat's Books in Carthage. It can also be purchased in paperback or e-book form at the links below.