Abstaining from Abstinence-Only Sex Ed

by David Safier A little over a week ago, Governor Napolitano made Arizona the 16th state to refuse abstinence-only money from the federal government. She gave two reasons. First, abstinence-only education doesn’t work. Second, it costs Arizona matching funds the state can ill afford, given our current budget woes. When it comes to education, I’m … Read more

Freerice.com: Feed the World, 20 Grains of Rice at a Time.

by David Safier I’m going to leave yesterday’s controversial tax-and-spend posting behind for today, though I have to ask, in response to one comment: Why is it people talk about “throwing money at education” but you never hear anyone use the phrase “throwing money at military defense”? Just asking. If you haven’t visited the site, … Read more

We’re Number One!.. In Lowest Per-Student School Spending

by David Safier The Saturday Daily Star has it exactly right in its editorial, Legislature continues to shortchange kids. “Arizona’s record of supporting public education is abysmal,” it states. Arizona is the worst in the nation on per-student school spending, according to Quality Counts 2008, an annual education report by the non-profit organization Education Week. … Read more

Blogging About Education

by David Safier

When Mike and I worked together blogging the election integrity trial last December, I asked if he would give me the opportunity to blog about education on this site once the trial was over. He grilled me during a lunch break to see if I had anything to say, and I guess he decided I did. So here I am.

Let me tell you a little about myself. I taught high school, mainly in Portland, Oregon, for over 30 years. My field was English — I taught all grade levels and ability groups –- then I took a break for awhile to teach photography and advise the yearbook. I ended where I began, teaching English. When I retired a few years ago, I moved to Tucson.

I taught at three public high schools. Most students at the first school were at the lower end of the socioeconomic scale. The teachers were mediocre, the administration was mediocre, and the school’s budget was in such bad shape, we had to cut back from a seven to a five period day. The school didn’t do a very good job educating its students, and, to be honest, neither did I.

Read more about David’s calling to the blog after the flip…

Welcome Guest Author David Safier to Blog For Arizona

David Safier will begin blogging on the topic of education on February 1st. Dave is a retired educator with a background in urban studies and graduate studies in education. Dave is deeply concerned with the status of public education in Arizona and keenly interested in bringing greater awareness and understanding of those issues to the … Read more