#21 – Dick Bernard: Heather and a salute to "Community"

Last night, shortly before 7 p.m. at Ballfield #5 in Lakeville MN, Heather Bernard came up to the plate, wearing an Ohio State pullover, and holding and jiggling her bat like she’d doubtless seen countless batters on television prepare for the pitch. (She looked pretty good, actually!) The pitcher lobbed the softball towards the plate, […]

#17 – Dick Bernard: Don Bartlette, Macaroni at Midnight.

Today was Diversity Day for Bloomington MN high schools and I went out to Jefferson High School in Bloomington to staff a table for a group in which I am active called World Citizen www.peacesites.org. I had the written program for the day, but wasn’t certain when I was supposed to be there, so I […]

#11 – Dick Bernard: Swine Flu, Fear, Hype and Hysteria

During 1918, my mother almost died in the WW I flu epidemic. I know because she wrote about it in her memories, thusly: “I think one of the most traumatic experiences I had happened when I was about nine years old and got the World War I flu. Many people were very sick and some […]

#10 – Marion Brady: An affirmative response to Corporate America's big "RIGOR!" push

Note from Moderator: I’ve known Marion Brady since the mid-1990s when I joined a national Quality Education listserv. For many years, Marion has been a consistent and articulate spokesperson for substantive change in how young people are educated. He was a regular columnist for a major newspaper in his home state of Florida. Recently he […]

#9 – Tom Bernard: Columbine 10 years ago, and 10 years after

Note from Dick Bernard: On April 20, 1999 – it was a Tuesday – I was at a meeting in suburban Minneapolis. Driving back to my office after the meeting, on the car radio, I heard about some shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton CO. I didn’t know anything about Columbine, but I knew […]