• March 1, 2021

Tags : tim holt

Op-Ed: Charter School Funding – It is a Scam

It is not difficult to log onto any local political blog and read commenters complaining about how “their” tax dollars are being misspent. Typically, the complaints are accompanied by claims of corruption, mismanagement, evil doing and all sorts of back door, smoky room wheeling and dealing. It has to be true they might say, because […]Read More

Op-Ed: We are teaching kids for jobs that don’t even

“We are teaching kids for jobs that don’t even exist yet.” Most teachers have heard that phrase, or some variation of it, during a professional development somewhere along in their career journey. It became popular around 2007 along with a video by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod called “Shift Happens” which successfully started many conversations […]Read More

Op-Ed: Hey kids: Let’s learn a useless skill!

Here is a little game you can play with your coworkers: try to find a document at your work that is written in cursive from beginning to end. Go ahead I will wait. How many did you find? I suspect that it was very close to zero. Here is the next game you can play: […]Read More

Op-Ed: Teachers That are Not Connected Take Away Opportunities From

Have you ever mentally kicked yourself in the butt for missing an exciting opportunity because you never knew about it? Missed that $49 Southwest ticket to Hawaii because your best friend who usually tells you about great deals didn’t text you this time? Don’t you hate that feeling? Sometimes you miss an event because of […]Read More

Op-Ed: Lack of Critical Thinking by Students and the Media.

A recent piece on a local news station depicted the supposed problem of “milky” water coming from a water fountain at a local high school. Indeed, a semi-viral video was taken that shows what appears to be the suspect water with some kind of white substance, flowing into someone’s receiving hands. “This is what y’all are drinking?” […]Read More

Op-Ed: Positive Deviance: A Different Way to Solve Problems

Chances are you have never heard of the term “Positive Deviance.” Positive Deviance (PD) is a way of problem solving. Instead of looking at the bad and trying to correct for it, one looks at the good and tries to replicate it. Positive Deviance has implications for how we try to fix problems in education. […]Read More

Op-Ed: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Stephen Covey, in his book on highly effective people, has a chapter entitled “Seek First To Understand, Then Be Understood.” He states: “If you’re like most people, you probably seek first to be understood; you want to get your point across. And in doing so, you may ignore the other person completely, pretend that you’re […]Read More

Op-Ed: The Definition of An Expert Has Changed While You

I really like Marco Torres. I first saw Marco at any event that Apple put on an 2005 for El Paso educators. Marco made a name for himself by teaching, while incorporating technology, to students that most other teachers would give up on, in a school that could best be described as a 5000 student, low […]Read More

Op-Ed: Here’s an IDEA – Do the Smell Test First

The citizens of El Paso are surviving veterans of the Lorenzo Garcia reign of errors in EPISD. Shady testing schemes, leadership by intimidation, staff being reassigned or removed merely for asking questions, multiple interim leaders, and a complete take over by the State of Texas. Not our finest hour for sure as a city, or […]Read More