What Should We Talk About?

My favorite part of teaching was sharing evocative passages, affecting scenes, meaningful lyrics and innovative ideas with my students. We’d read, watch and listen to them, then think, talk and write about them.


It kept me from the curriculum. But then I’d think, Why isn’t this the curriculum? This is what kids need to learn! For example, after watching the scene where Tom Hanks scolds Geena Davis in A League of Their Own,


“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great!”


I’d share it with students and explain why I showed it to them. And now I’m sharing passages, scenes, lyrics and ideas with you with the goal of getting a thought-provoking, life-enhancing conversations started.

How Steve Young Teaches Us That Our "Divide" is Mythical

This “We don’t know each other” and there are “two Americas” talk is garbage. We do know each other. We know what’s important. We know what’s good and decent. We know what’s admirable and upright. We know what’s compassionate and kind. When it comes to good people who are living life well, there’s really no mystery. This became obvious to me while reading Steve Young’s recently-released autobiography, QB: My Life Behind the Spiral. During the 90’s, Young was my favorite football player. I loved the way he played, but I was as much a fan of Steve Young the person as Steve Young the quarterback. So, when I heard he was going to appear at a Bay Area book store, I made sure I was there. I love m

Missing Pieces Podcast Show #1

1. The LeBron James Lesson 2. Teaching Kids How to Get Power 3. Meeting Hall-of-Famer Steve Young and His Lesson for Students 4. The Maria Popova Great Thought 5. Underrated/Overrated - "Standing out and being unique" This is our first show to go live, so we'd LOVE to know what you think. Please be brutally honest. Hurt feelings make us sad, but motivated to improve!