And now we turn to our Sunday
Mike Martin was shocked to learn
that some staff members in the Montpelier School District will be
carrying guns to school. But this turns out to be Montpelier, Ohio. The
principal of Vermont’s Montpelier High School told him they’ll be taking
a different approach here, one that focuses on community and common
And now we turn to our Sunday Essay. With all the recent talk of the "fiscal cliff" and the "sequester", Mike Martin has been thinking about how language, and especially metaphors, shape the way we see things.
As a teacher, Mike Martin has experienced first-hand the
safety protocols schools have put in place since the Columbine shooting.
Now, in the wake of Sandy Hook Elementary, he’s been wondering if more
safety drills are really the answer.
In France, the Feast of the Epiphany celebrates the arrival of the magi and the discovery of Jesus. Mike Martin has been reflecting on this quieter holiday – and also wondering what Jesus might think if he were around today.
Mike Martin has been thinking about the future of
schools and is looking forward to the Rowland Foundation’s School
Transformation Conference at UVM this week, where educators will
consider the importance of innovation.
As cell phone ownership in U.S. has gone from roughly 3% of the population
to more than 90% in a generation, Mike
Martin has been thinking about a friend of his who still refuses to buy a
cell phone and wonders how he must feel.
The arrest of the Director of the International Monetary Fund for sexual assault of a New York chambermaid has caused heated debate on both sides of the Atlantic. Commentator Mike Martin wonders what we can learn from this international scandal.