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How to address a national crisis: Chronic absenteeism

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American students are skipping school in record numbers, a crisis that is so acute that it became the lead story in The New York...

Toward a more perfect union

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I’ve always loved the elegant, aspirational phrase “toward a more perfect union,” found in the opening sentence of our Constitution. It was our Founding...

Keep the faith in public education

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Before we sign off completely for 2023, I have a short message: Our public schools are under attack, but they are stronger and more...

Community service versus ‘serving your community’

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Some years ago, when I was visiting a high school classmate in a small town in Ohio, he showed me some benches near a...

Badly behaved bikers, and lax and lazy lawmakers

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My neighbor tried to run me off the road in late August. He was in his car, and I was on my bike, and...

Help save public education with teacher business cards

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Friends,  At every back-to-school night I can remember, I made a point of introducing myself to the women and men who taught my three children....

Want to make public schools better for students and teachers? Try ‘Looping.’

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All over the U.S., public schools are reopening. You can picture what’s happening in about 85-90 percent of the classrooms: The teachers are spending...

What’s in a name?

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Martha’s Vineyard is HOT! It’s pure gold for entrepreneurs, Realtors, hospitality providers, and more. While the home real estate market has cooled temporarily, storefronts...

Is ‘E Pluribus Unum’ a pipe dream?

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“Out of Many, One” was the motto of the U.S. from 1782 until 1956, when it was replaced by “In God We Trust.” Even...

No one is safe from intolerance

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First they came for the transgender kids in Florida, Texas, Idaho and more than 20 other states, and I did not speak out —...

Just how bad are things for teachers?

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My wife and I had dinner in a Vineyard restaurant last week. Our waitress, a very pleasant young woman, appeared to be in her...

Will Martha’s Vineyard continue to ignore the future?

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One year ago, this newspaper published my photo essay on the sad condition of the Island’s neglected bike and pedestrian paths, most of which...

Let’s keep things impersonal

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The adult and child walking in front of me were complete strangers, people I had never seen before. The man, who looked to be...

Let students make the rules

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We’re well into August now, and Island teachers are feeling the familiar dread and excitement of a new school year. I suggest that educators...

My white privilege

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“Walt, I think you missed our turn. Weren’t we supposed to turn left back there?” “Shoot, you’re right. I’ll find a place to turn around.” “Well,...

The Island’s bike paths on the road to ruin

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The internet loves Martha’s Vineyard’s 44 miles of bike paths! “Martha’s Vineyard is truly a cyclist's paradise.”  “What's unique about biking on Martha's Vineyard is that...

Outrage fatigue

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Recently a neighbor of mine asked how I was doing. Sighing, I responded, “I think I have COVID fatigue. The months and months of...

An Island emergency: Not enough bike helmets!

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Martha’s Vineyard is suffering from a critical shortage of bike helmets, a situation that is nothing short of life-threatening. According to my own painstaking...

Journalist integrity, thy name is Fox!

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The George Foster Peabody Award is broadcasting’s highest honor, and so, when the Peabody Committee announced the creation of a Peabody Award for Journalistic...

‘You knew … and still my boy is dead’

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In Steven Spielberg’s iconic 1975 horror film “Jaws,” a drama teacher named Lee Fierro plays the mother whose son was killed by the shark....