Writing in today’s Star Tribune, Kirsten Ragatz, who has taught for 20 years, was responding to an earlier Strib article that the poorest schools get the ‘rookie’ (and by innuendo, worst) teachers. Read more →
Stopping in at the local firehouse and offering a quick word of appreciation wouldn’t be the worst idea we hear today, not after this half-week of reminders that there are people who go to work every day by running into the most horrific places that people are running away from. Read more →
Writer Theodore Ross got his first crack at parenting the same way most fathers do these days: During a two-week parental leave. His wife, using maternal leave, got 90 days.
Writing on Al Jazeera today, Ross says fathers deserve the same opportunity to bond with their children that mothers get and America’s workplaces should extend paid leave. Read more →
There’s been a brain drain in the non-commercial space program since we decided to leave manned spaceflight to other countries, and an ongoing debate about whether it suits our planetary needs anymore, but there’s no question that there’s still inspiration in the best and brightest who figured out solutions where no man has gone before. Read more →
You can’t blame Carrie Steacy, an airline pilot in Canada, for being a little steamed. All she did was get “David in 12E” and all of the other passengers safety to their destinations in British Columbia. Read more →
I’ve been searching in the last few weeks for the perfect photo to describe Minnesota in winter. The frozen-beards, ice-fishing, pond-hockey-playing, ice-cave visiting, bike-riding snapshots have been fascinating — certainly more fascinating than pictures of your car dashboard. But this one is a perfect description.
This sign at a Walmart store in Canton, Ohio is either: (a) Proof that Walmart doesn’t pay its employees enough to make a decent living or: (b) Proof that Walmart cares about its employees. The Cleveland Plain Dealer says the idea for the food collection tubs, which are in an employees-only area, originated at the Read more →
Does two make a trend? For the second time in under a month, a restaurant server got a lecture on the meal check about her sexual orientation instead of the tip she deserved. In Bridgewater, N.J., Dayna Morales posted on the Have a Gay Day Facebook page that a couple stiffed her on the $95 Read more →
“From where I stand, teachers are the last line of defense against the tyranny of the 1 percent.” That line in a speech during the annual Education Minnesota conference last week put Megan Olivia Hall, the state’s teacher of the year, in the line of fire. Hall, a grade 7-12 science teacher at Open World Read more →
On Sunday (12-1 p.m.), I’ll be hosting a Q&A at the MPR booth at the State Fair with Chris Worthington, the managing director of regional news at Minnesota Public Radio. To my knowledge, the event is not being broadcast, you can’t call in with a question. If you’re not going to the Fair on Sunday, Read more →