The next few years are going to be tough on education, and as many have said, we need to support our teachers.

I’d also like to add to that: SUPPORT YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARIES. SUPPORT THE HELL OUT OF THEM.

Libraries provide many valuable educational opportunities for kids and adults alike, and with the impetus of the responsibility of education shifting from public schools to the public itself, they are perhaps more vital and more important than they have ever been in our nation’s history. Make sure they have the resources they need to keep fighting for our children and their futures.

In honor of #BookLoversDay I think we can all agree that Henry Bemis is one of the most well-known lover of books! And believe me when I say that Burgess loved books equally as much as the character he played - so it’s most fitting to commemorate this day with a photo from TIME ENOUGH AT LAST. 

I have many fond memories of Burgess reading to my sister and I. He had very strong beliefs about reading aloud to children and how incredibly important that was in language development and early literacy skills. So much so that he professionally recorded himself reading a children’s book just so “you’ll always have Uncle Buzz to read to you no matter what.” And I’m SO glad he did, as it’s something I will cherish forever.

The only fan page solely dedicated to Burgess Meredith // Lovingly ran by his grandniece in attempt to keep his legacy alive

Unpopular Opinion #14

It’s easier to teach math than it is to teach literacy, and that’s why math scores are always higher. Math, at the elementary/middle level, is concrete and does not have any shades of meaning. This is especially in schools with a large English as a Second Language population. 

I can’t teach “literacy” in a formulaic, get-the-right-answer-every-time sort of method. It’s complicated and requires a level of engagement and critical thinking that is difficult for students to master. 

I’m truly not trying to start a fight, I’m open to a dialogue. But this is something that’s really weighing on me right now as we’re smack dab in the middle of standardized testing, so I needed to post it. Thanks.