J. G. Fabiano Loyalty by any other name
In the past this loyalty was rewarded by pensions and medical insurance
that was promised toward the end of their professional lives. These
promises took the place of lower wages earned that could have been
elevated if public sector individuals went into private fields. Can you
imagine what our society would be like without the loyalty of public
Dec 4, 2011 - 12:17:02 AM
J. G. Fabiano How simple friendship can lead to urban genocide
Most people believe the older they get the less competitive they are.
That is until they get sucked into the trap, usually set by friends and
relatives, that they have to move with the times, they have to change,
they have to be....progressive.
Nov 20, 2011 - 2:57:00 AM
J. G. Fabiano The carousel of public education
The day ends like it began with students displaying the same amounts of
energy they showed when they arrived. Some realities of public education
will hopefully never change. I remember when one of my students told me
that what I taught her about biological relationships between young men
and women made a decision she had to make easier. As she was leaving my
room she turned and thanked me for being a teacher; her teacher.
Nov 18, 2011 - 12:27:45 AM
J. G. Fabiano The loss of delivering Americana
Every morning, before the sun rose, I would wake up and wrap myself in every type of sweater and scarf known to mankind. I would wear my favorite Roy Rogers stocking cap with a picture of Trigger in front and slide into a full-body snowsuit made of some space age synthetic which repelled anything that closely resembled wet. I was now ready to save the world by delivering the news to my customers that would assure Communism was evil and the American way was destined to prevail.
Sep 11, 2011 - 12:50:14 AM
J. G. Fabiano The patch is more important than the clothes
The end of the twentieth century ushered in many new concepts, which will became the "in-products" of the turn of the millenium. Some of these include the grunge look from the West Coast, the "just do it" concept of the fitness craze, and of course the nicotine patches which promise to eliminate the cigarette addiction of our nations young and old.
Sep 11, 2011 - 12:15:41 AM
J. G. Fabiano Life as defined by a set of stairs
I was sitting on a red brick set of stairs in front of my home. The bricks were always washed and clean because my mother made them be that way. On both sides of the stairs were black raw iron railings. They were all made to display different designs. My house's railing had musical symbols on them. My house's railings were the best of the neighborhood.
Sep 3, 2011 - 7:35:35 AM
J. G. Fabiano We should fill their buckets with fire
With today's society it is obvious we can't continue our same failed concepts especially in the education of our children. The question is how can we bring innovation back into our children's minds?
Jul 24, 2011 - 12:35:31 AM
J. G. Fabiano Old teachers never retire; they just get thrown away
I remember he actually scared me a lot. Thirty or so years ago I met my first department chairperson. Back then it was always a department chairman but being forced to be politically correct I have to admit he was a person. I remember him being old and I also remember how he didn't trust me.
Jul 3, 2011 - 12:25:43 AM
J. G. Fabiano A teacher's hope for the New Year
I am a teacher. All I've ever wanted to do was teach. I've been fortunate enough to have been allowed to teach for the past 30 years. My New Year's hope is I will once again be allowed to teach.
Dec 31, 2010 - 7:45:49 AM
J. G. Fabiano The hope of public education glows from the future
Eian Prohl worked well with my students and it was obvious that he will make a fine high school teacher. He was not only inquisitive about his subject and teaching skills, he was also aware public education was in the process of going through dramatic changes. Eian decided to look into what the pros and cons of these changes could be. He wrote a fine paper concerning the concepts of charter schools and voucher systems.
Dec 18, 2010 - 12:15:07 AM
J. G. Fabiano Everything new isn't what it used to be
An old job is like an old pair of sneakers. If they fit well and cause you no grief you pray they will last forever. Walking into a new job can be quite exciting but you still hope you will one day have the feeling of security and total knowledge of what you are doing like the old job you just replaced.
Dec 14, 2010 - 12:30:51 AM
J. G. Fabiano It is time to send the suits away.
First, all Finnish children start their education at 7 years old at the same level no matter what socio-economic backgrounds they have. They learn basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes of life-long learning. In other words, they are not given games or are a part of any Doctoral theory of how better to educate our children. They are taught the basics they will use for the rest of their lives.
Nov 12, 2010 - 12:17:27 AM
J. G. Fabiano It's not important to ask how one does
It took me almost two hours to clean the bathrooms. I promised my wife I would help around the house more and was proud as a peacock I had completed one of the household tasks.
Nov 9, 2010 - 12:25:07 AM
J. G. Fabiano Public Education is filled with 800 lb. gorillas.
Public education is filled with 800 lb. gorillas in every room and in every corner. As a teacher I clearly understand there are problems with this proud profession. But, I also understand there are solutions some refuse to consider.
Oct 23, 2010 - 12:25:59 AM
J. G. Fabiano The definition of inevitable
Ex-President Bush once stated that war with Iraq was inevitable. The debate over going to war with another nation raged in our congress and newspapers well before the war began. We have now been at war for almost a decade with many still stating that war will always be inevitable.
Oct 16, 2010 - 12:25:47 AM
J. G. Fabiano How much data is too much data
Many of our public schools have new computer systems to organize large amounts of data being collected on all of your children. Most students grades are now kept and calculated through grading programs. Grades are not the only data being held by these new programs. But, how much data is too much data?
Sep 25, 2010 - 7:00:54 AM
J. G. Fabiano The summer of '10
Those of us who are fortunate to spend a lot of time on the beach call these people, "August Whites". Of course, this is not fair because it is obvious that these people have worked hard during the summer months. But, why does everything have to be fair?
Sep 1, 2010 - 12:20:58 AM
J. G. Fabiano The Jabberman's Wockie
At first I couldn't understand his response. But then he reminded me that I called him and that it is logical to assume that if one called someone, the caller should know whom he or she is trying to call.
Aug 22, 2010 - 12:23:07 AM
J. G. Fabiano The art of being a Mainer simply takes time
The other day I arrived at school to have one of the new custodians stop me in the hall and tell me that if he had never seen in me in his life before he would know right away that I was from Maine. I thought about my weather beaten, salt stained baseball cap that is now stuck permanently to my head, and wondered if that was a giveaway.
Aug 21, 2010 - 12:20:07 AM
J. G. Fabiano Want to forget your age this summer? Don't play volleyball
I felt it snap as it left my hand. A little tingle as the horseshoe flew away and I knew that for the next few hours I would be popping Advil like a six-year-old with a bag of M&M's. That little jolt of pain also showed me that the summer of my discontent was about to begin.
Jul 31, 2010 - 12:25:47 AM
J. G. Fabiano NCLB goes viral
241 teachers have just been fired by The District of Columbia public school system. They were fired because of poor performance under the education assessment system; IMPACT. - I don't understand how you can hold accountable a algebra teacher whose students can't add or subtract. I don't understand how you can hold accountable an American Literature teacher whose students can't read. - This is just the beginning of a failed education policy going viral.
Jul 29, 2010 - 12:30:32 AM
J. G. Fabiano The classic comparison of ocean and lake people
I was sitting at my usual spot on the white sands of York Beach when I noticed a family of people walk in front of me. They looked incredibly uncomfortable. In fact, it was obvious they were not where they wanted to be.
Jul 17, 2010 - 12:20:20 AM
J. G. Fabiano Waiting for a future to be born
In the vestibule leading into the hospital I see many different types of people entering and leaving. People seem to be leaving at a brisker pace then the ones that are entering. In fact, many of the people I observe seem to be running in order to get out. Knowing I am in a hospital this reality makes total sense.
Jun 29, 2010 - 7:37:19 AM
J. G. Fabiano The last remaining right of passage
Staring into the rows of graduates dressed in red and black ropes, my mind wandered into the concept of how high school graduations represent the last of the concept of a right of passage. In our technological world the idea of many rights of passage throughout a lifetime seems to have evaporated with the concept of a land-line phone.
Jun 15, 2010 - 8:35:55 AM
J. G. Fabiano Same old; same old reform in public education
Now the federal government is making school improvement grants for up to three years provided the schools agree to pursue an aggressive plan to reform the school. The school would have to agree to redesign or replace the school staff, convert the school to a charter school, transform the school through comprehensive reforms, or close the school and transfer students to higher performing schools in the district. Needless to say many low-performing schools have refused the money.
May 26, 2010 - 12:45:09 AM