Some people don’t like me. So I have heard. The good news is that I don’t care. When you get to be my age (78), you are no longer in a popularity contest. You can’t please all the people all the time, especially when they are angry for what you didn’t say, not what you did say.


Tom Ultican, whose pieces I have posted, writes here in my defense.


He reviews most of my critics and concludes that on the whole I am a pretty good ally for public schools and teachers.


What is my goal? Not making money. If it were, there would be ads all over the blog. It has more readers than many other blogs. My goal is to know that when I die, I can leave with a clear conscience, knowing I tried to do what was right. Is that vain? Maybe. But I think it is a good kind of vanity.


The only thing that surprised me was when he quoted Mercedes Schneider, who posted a link to the speech I gave to the National Association of School Psychologists (I had forgotten that Mercedes asked me to send her a copy of a speech I had delivered a few years back). My speaking fee for the event was paid by Pearson. Do you think it influenced what I said? Read it yourself. I enjoyed the irony. I had nothing good to say about standardized testing. If you follow the link, you too can read the speech. I think it is a good one.