The Character Umbrella

The Character Umbrella

Remember the dance scene in “Signing in the Rain?”  Gene Kelly dancing and while holding an umbrella? Fast forward to last October.  The “taking it to the streets” protests in Hong Kong called by the media “The Umbrella Revolution.“ In 2008, NPR (www.NPRinc.com) published a six-page laminated character card that explained among other things the…Read More >>

My PTA Talk

My PTA Talk

HK called. He’s a middle school principal. “Ed, I need a favor. The speaker for our parent-teacher meeting had to cancel. Can you come over next Tuesday and speak to them for about twenty minutes?” “On what?” I asked. “Oh, why don’t you say a few words about raising children to be people of good…Read More >>

Back To school: It is what’s up front that counts!

Back To school: It is what’s up front that counts!

School started this week.  Excitement reigns (or maybe not). Schools and classrooms are a beehive of activity.  Books are distributed.  Bulletin boards decorated.  Rules posted.  Phones are ringing.  Texting and tweeting are rampant.  Tears and laughter shared.  Teachers worry about the kids they have been assigned.  Parents and kids have the same worry but in…Read More >>