About Me

HISTORY

[NOTE: This is not my “main blog.” You’ll find that at http://bloom-at.blogspot.com. I began this “mirror” blog in January of 2013, a full 7 years after I started blogging at Blogger. I post my blogs in both places, however, if there are corrections or additions they will always be on the main site and only sometimes here. I consider http://bloom-at.blogspot.com to be my online home.]

I was born and raised in the West Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. I attended Philip Rogers Elementary School (K-8) and graduated in 1966 from Sullivan High School. I lived in Chicago until I went to college at Indiana University in 1966. After I graduated with a degree in Religious Studies in 1970 my wife and I lived in Albany Park in Chicago while she attended Northeastern Illinois University.

In 1973 we moved to the Fort Wayne Indiana area and have lived there ever since, raising three children. In 1975 I earned my teaching credentials from Indiana University in Fort Wayne (IPFW). I earned a Masters degree in elementary education, an endorsement in Computer Education (K-12) in 1991, in Reading (K-12) in 1994, and trained as a Reading Recovery teacher through Purdue University in 1996. In 1975 I was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education.

CAREER

During my career I taught grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, Reading Recovery, and worked as a reading diagnostic specialist. I worked in four different elementary schools beginning in the 1975-1976 school year and retired in June, 2010. Since retirement I taught one semester at IVY Tech Community College, and currently volunteer at a local Elementary School.

I documented my “life” in elementary schools, from Kindergarten through volunteer, in the following posts:

As a student
Rogers School 1953-1962 (K-8)

As a teacher
Sunnymede Elementary School, 1975, Student Teaching
Coesse Elementary School, 1976, Kindergarten
Monroeville Elementary School, 1976-1987, Grades 1 and 3
Woodburn Elementary School, 1987-1991, Grades 2, 3 and 4
Harlan Elementary School, 1991-2010, Grades K, 2, 6, Reading Recovery
Volunteer experiences — in progress

AFFILIATIONS

Besides blogging here I run/coordinate blogs for community and professional organizations. See HERE.

I am a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association – Retired (ISTA-R) and the National Education Association (NEA). I have been a member of ISTA and NEA since 1975. During my years as a teacher I was a building representative, committee chair, state delegate, and officer.

I am also a member of the following organizations:

The Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education (NEIFPE)
Kappa Delta Pi
Phi Delta Kappa
The International Literacy Association (ILA)
Reading Recovery Council of North America

I have no political party affiliations. The Republicans under President Bush (43) and the Democrats under President Obama have worked together to weaken America’s public education system. In Indiana (where I live) the Republicans own the government and are killing public education. In Chicago (where I grew up) the Democrats own the government and are killing public education. Both major parties have sold out to corporate education “reform,” apparently for the money.

I support public schools and write about issues that public schools and public school teachers face, particularly the abuse and misuse of standardized tests, the privatization of public education, and the deprofessionalization of the education profession.

Please feel free to comment.

COMMENT RULES

This blog generates very few comments. However, if you choose to comment here are some simple rules. Please check back here for corrections and additions to these rules.

1. I will not allow racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise bigoted comments. If you post those sorts of comments I will delete them with no explanation. No exceptions.

2. No obscene or offensive language please. I’m from Chicago and I am familiar with, and use a wide variety of expletives, but not here. Again, if you post that it will be deleted with no explanation. An occasional “damn” or “hell” doesn’t bother me.

3. I will publish anonymous comments. I encourage people to comment using their name, however I understand why sometimes you can’t.

4. Be specific in your comments. Any comments which spam for a commercial web site will be deleted. Comments with religious content are not automatically removed, however, if your comment is not related to the blog post, or is specifically intended to proselytize, or is only intended to be a link to a religious site, it will be removed. If you notice a typo, misspelling, or other error in any of my posts, please contact me using the contact form in the right-hand column. Thanks for proofreading!

5. I believe it is an American tradition to question leaders. Try to be respectful. (I will allow for a little room for ‘disrespectful’ comments. I know people get passionate and intense — I do, too. When people feel strongly about an issue, they will sometimes cross the line. I will allow a limited amount of line crossing).

6. Even if I do not respond, I read every comment (which is not too hard since there are so few of them). If you ask a question I’ll try to answer. I don’t like internet arguments, so I likely won’t participate in that sort of thing.

7. I will be the final judge of what goes up as a comment. Please note that, in an effort to combat spam, comments with hyperlinks will not be published.

Disclaimer: Approved comments do not necessarily mean I agree with their contents or support their arguments.

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3 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Stewart, thanks for posting my “Declaration!” I’m glad it’s striking a chord for a number of educators, past and present, who are determined to bring the issues of corporatism, privatization, and democracy to the fore.

    You and your readers can join the revolution by registering their agreement with the Declaration and becoming members of the Revolutionary army by going to: http://lookingatthingsthrumyeyes.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/its-time-for-a-revolution/ !

    It’s great to read your posts, by the way.

    David Sudmeier

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