Sunday, January 23, 2005


This is my first post. Accordingly, I'll let you know a little about me--where I'm coming from, what I do, and why I created this blog.

"Who am I? Why am I here?" If you recognize that quote and got a kick out of it, you're just the type of reader I'm looking for!** I'm Darren, your friendly host. Currently I teach high school math at a nice suburban Sacramento high school. Prior to teaching high school I taught 6 years in junior highs, worked as a production/manufacturing manager in a few Silicon Valley startups, and served as a lieutenant in the Army. I'm a 1987 West Point graduate.

I teach. In California. Yes, I'm a member of the California Teachers Association. I'm also a registered Republican and hold fairly conservative political beliefs--although you'll find I hold fairly independent social views. Still, using the political colors so in vogue these days, I'm "red awash in a sea of blue", especially where I work.

When did red, the color of communism, start being associated with Republicans, anyway? Sheesh!

I often feel like a voice in the wilderness. Because of that I've created this blog--on which I'll periodically share anecdotes, give opinion and/or commentary, and provide links to articles or other interesting blogs. I'll write about education, I'll write about politics and current events, I'll write about what educators say about politics and current events!

I hope you'll be intellectually satisfied by what you read, even if you disagree.

**The quote is from Admiral Stockdale, Ross Perot's vice presidential running mate, at the beginning of a candidate debate. He came across as a fool. In fact, I've heard Admiral Stockdale speak in person and have read articles he's authored. He's a brilliant man. Unfortunately, he was a much better admiral than a vice presidential candidate, given our television-oriented culture.


Anonymous said...

I think I'm going to like reading this blog!

C Herlove said...
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Anonymous said...

Great job, stay on them. The CTA is wrong not to support parents. Eventually it will come back to bite them, either personally or as a whole.

Walter E. Wallis said...

As a Sac Hi dropout ['49 to join the army] I welcome someone who can explain what happened to Sacramento schools.

Kimberly Lloyd said...

To my knowledge, one of my high school history teachers still gives what he calls "Admiral Stockdale" quizzes, where you have to match up a historical figure with what s/he did. I imagine today's students must be quite confused by the reference, given that when we took the first ones in late 1992 half of my class missed the humor.

Darren said...

Walter: I recognize you for comments on other blogs I read. Welcome! As for what happened to Sacramento schools, the answer is probably fairly simple: Sacramento went from being a large town to a moderately-sized city, with all the baggage that entails.

KimJ: I like your former history teacher's style! Welcome to you as well.