Falling down. Getting up.


 I spent three days last week in Scottsdale at the Arizona State  University + Global Silicon Valley Education Innovation Summit.  Technology company leaders focused on education, K-12 and postsecondary made up the largest share of the 2000 participants.  The collective focus of these companies will dramatically reshape public education in the years ahead.  This was the fifth ASU+GSV […]

On Cursive


There was a debate in the Tennessee Legislature this winter as to whether to mandate cursive writing in the state’s elementary schools. I’m a cursive fan but supporting such legislation could cast me as a relic, a throw-back, a proponent of horse-and-buggy thinking. Opposition, on the other hand, could result in hate mail written in […]

Brand X Baby


When I look at a picture of my brothers and me, my childhood nickname, “The Brand X Baby” comes to mind.  Lined up shoulder-to-shoulder, I’m the little, fine-boned guy.  My brothers all topped six feet, kept their slender frames, but filled out nicely.  Being The Brand X Baby had life-long consequences. I am the second oldest.  In order […]