What Do You Know About "Taps?"

Mamacita says:  How much do you know about “Taps?”  Whether you’re hearing those breathtaking notes from a bugle, from a trumpet, from a choir, from a soloist. . . whether you’re hearing those notes from across a lake, from a … Continue reading

Where Did the Real Music Go?

Mamacita says:  Where did the music go?  Our children, and some of you, don’t know any standard American songs or basic classical melodies that everybody used to know.  What happened?  How did we allow this to happen?  It didn’t used … Continue reading

Testing, Basic Skills, Behavior, and Blame

Mamacita says:  Testing, you say?  Don’t get me wrong.  I believe in testing, to a point.  I do not believe that a student who can’t pass a simple test of basic skills should be promoted at all, in fact. That … Continue reading

Rock and Pop and Goats and Ducks, Oh My

Mamacita says:  I like modern rock and modern pop, I really do. But I just heard a song on Spotify. At least, it was being marketed as a song. And I suppose the artist is being marketed as a singer, … Continue reading

Food, Clothing, Shelter, and Books.

Mamacita says:   I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the children who grow up in households wherein there are no books are generally the kids who end up in the slow class at school.  There are exceptions, of course, … Continue reading

Empty Nest Syndrome: Bite Me, Amadeus

Mamacita says: I have empty nest syndrome and I am not dealing with it very well. I would never wish my children back; they’re grown up and very happy. I’m proud of everything they do and are. I will also … Continue reading