On April 14, we lost a dear friend of this blog, of public education, of the Network for Public Education, and of me personally. Dr. Jonathan Lovell, emeritus professor of writing at San Jose State University in California died in his sleep.

Jonathan was the director of the San Jose Area Writing Project. He described himself this way on LinkedIn:

“I am a teacher of teachers, with a specific focus on the teaching of writing. My objective is to do what I do to the best of my abilities.”

He was a gifted writer as well, and I was delighted to post several of his works on this blog.

The best way to learn about his creativity and his wit is to read his work, which he usually illustrated.

Here are the posts that he sent to this blog and that I was proud to publish:

https://dianeravitch.net/2016/05/09/jonathanlovell-martin-luther-to-walt-disney-to-arne-dUncan/

https://dianeravitch.net/2016/01/24/jonathan-lovell-how-i-learned-to-teach-writing-without-teaching/

https://dianeravitch.net/2014/12/15/jonathan-lovell-writes-secretary-duncan-about-punishing-colleges-of-education-for-student-scores/

https://dianeravitch.net/2014/11/26/jonathan-lovell-what-the-jabbereick-teaches-us-about-education-reform/

https://dianeravitch.net/2014/11/08/jonathan-lovell-offers-advice-to-president-obama/

https://dianeravitch.net/2014/06/10/jonathan-lovell-on-creative-disruption-the-jabberwock-germ-and-liberation/

https://dianeravitch.net/2014/05/25/jonathan-lovell-the-magic-of-learning-to-listen/

https://dianeravitch.net/2013/10/12/jonathan-lovell-channels-john-keats-while-reading-reign-of-error/

https://dianeravitch.net/2013/10/29/the-biggest-obstacle-to-punitive-reforms-is/

Jonathan Lovell honored me with his friendship. I will miss him.