Thinking Out Loud


  • What Is and What Could Be

    Schools are our best hope for the future. You won’t hear a politician question this, nor will any educator propose otherwise. And to all of us who have survived long enough to look back at high school or college, and who recognize what education has done for us, intellectually, economically, and socially, schools and a bright future seem to be axiomatically linked.   Read More...

  • Not perfect, but better

    It has been an important source of our culture’s collective wisdom, advice passed on for generations and even the punch line of jokes: A man lost in the concrete canyons of Manhattan asks a local, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? To which the New Yorker replies: Practice man, practice!” Which recalls for me this sound byte from my childhood: “Billy, did you practice your saxophone?” Mom’s voice still rings in my ears, recalling a daily chore I never enjoyed. Dad, in turn, would always chime in ...  Read More...

  • Knowing Our Choices

    Knowledge is Power.   I firmly believe in the truth of that maxim and am certain that it is one of the most important reasons that Ascension Academy was created. We exist to empower students with the knowledge that not only enlarges them as human beings, but enables them to gain admission to college and to earn degrees pursuant to entering professions they choose. The path to reaching this goal inspires many questions, perhaps the most important of them being, “how can I ensure that my...  Read More...

  • Knowing When We Are

    “Sonny, when I was your age, nobody ever…” How many of us have heard these words, conveyed to us by a wizened member of the older generation? And how many of us, on the receiving end of advice like this, have thought in reply, “you were never my age.” With every turning of another page on our life’s calendar, we build within our memory a picture of what life is really all about, much of it based on what made sense to us when we were young. And with increasing longevity, life in the present momen...  Read More...

  • Who Will Define Our Children?

    When I first became a parent some years ago a friend of mine offered these cautionary words: “kids are powerful.” Truer words were never spoken to me. Our sons and daughters have the power to inspire us to be responsible, caring, and tireless providers in what becomes a 24/7, decades-long commitment. One of the most important ways we care about our kids is ensuring that they have the very best educational opportunities available to them.   Read More...

  • Paying It Forward

    You may recognize this expression from a Kevin Spacey movie from a few years back or heard it used by TV reporters describing a strange phenomenon caught on camera this Christmas. Drivers across the country waiting in fast-food lines for coffee, donuts or burgers offered to pay the tab for the people in the car behind them. Whether in the movies or the car line, paying it forward captures what can happen when we do something unexpectedly good for our neighbors, often inspiring them, in turn, to ...  Read More...

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