About this Blog

This blog developed out of my need to process ideas related to current issues in education and the role of educators in supporting a democratic society. I am a middle school teacher in the Seattle area who hopes that sharing ideas with others will prompt new consideration of how classroom activists can shape educational policy.

…and I’m a proud member of Badass Teachers!Albert

Welcome to my world!

David Sudmeier

Commenting & Contribution Guidelines

davidsudmeier.com does accept guest postings by prior arrangement. Feel free to contact Dave at schmooee2@comcast.net to discuss sharing your views.

By submitting content to davidsudmeier.com through any of our comment or contact forms, you hereby grant David Sudmeier a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, irrevocable, and perpetual license (with the right to sublicense) to store, reproduce, modify, adapt, and distribute the content, as well as perform and display it in whole or in part, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed. You acknowledge that you remain the owner of the comments you submit and that you will be attributed as the creator.

If you believe that your comments have been modified in a manner that changes your intended meaning, you may request that your name be removed as the author.

You further agree to abide by the following guidelines which have been drawn up by the Supreme Sudmeier to govern discussions.

  • Respect Dave’s User Agreement. Avoid posting any material that would be threatening, libelous, obscene, or otherwise unlawful.
  • Respect others’ privacy. Private contact information, such as home addresses, home telephone numbers, personal email addresses, etc. must remain private.
  • Stay on topic… no trolling. Help keep responses focused on the subject matter of the original post. Please flag and report comments left by others that attempt to hijack, redirect, or disrupt the discussion.
  • Remain composed and polite; no profanity. Profanity impairs honest debate and lowers the level of discourse. It’s not professional. It only feeds the efforts of those who are trying to engage in a culture war. When swearing matches erupt, that’s a victory for them, because meaningful two-way communication gets crippled.
  • Respect people’s preference for the manner in which they prefer to be referred. Racial epithets and slurs are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Use standard formatting. Using ALL CAPS is equivalent to shouting. Like swearing maches, shouting matches effectively destroy discussion, resulting in noise instead of an exchange of ideas. Please don’t submit comments in all caps; we don’t want to have to lowercase them or delete them.
  • Remain true to the purpose of commentary: to communicate, and foster an exchange of ideas. Responses that contain nothing but advertising or promote commercial activities (in other words, comment spam) are not permitted.
  • No embedding. Responses may only contain text and hyperlinks. Responses may not include images, audio, video, tracking widgets, or any other objects.
  • Don’t cut and paste. Comments that consist of nothing but material copied from somewhere else are not permitted, regardless of whether permission has been obtained for reuse. Any excerpting must be brief, contain a link to the source or a usable citation, and be followed by original commentary.
  • Format links. Comments may not contain raw URL (uniform resource locators, or web addresses). URLs should be properly enclosed with <a> and </a> tags.
  • Do not impersonate others. Individuals who leave comments using names of other people will be first warned and then banned if a second violation occurs.
  • Choose an appropriate handle or screen name and use it consistently. Unacceptable screen names include “Anonymous”, names of historical figures, names of other persons (even if prefaced with the word “fake”) and anything derogatory or demeaning. Screen names that are not appropriate will be removed and substituted with the name of a random variety of sausage.

The goal at davidsudmeier.com is to provide insightful and informative commentary to readers. Integrity is crucial to maintain credibility with readers.

We will strive to ensure that all submitted comments respect these guidelines. There may be times when davidsudmeier.com staff decide that a comment must be edited so that it complies.

If so, the edited comment will be clearly marked. If staff determine that a particular comment does not add to the discussion at hand, or cannot be edited in a manner consistent with the guidelines, the comment will be deleted.

The single principle that defines all of the above guidelines is respect: respect for open discussion, respect for the privacy of others, and respect for the work of davidsudmeier.com staff and guest contributors.

These guidelines are based on those developed by the Northwest Progressive Institute for their publications, including the NPI Advocate, and adapted for Out of the Cave under a Creative Commons license.

4 thoughts on “About this Blog

  1. I am working on a doctoral research project inspired by Diane’s book, Death and Life of the Great American School System (2011). If the public school system–as many of us knew it, at least–is dead or near death, it would stand to reason that public school teachers who remember the system as it was prior to No Child Left Behind (2002) have experienced loss and grief. If you remember what it was like to teach prior to No Child Left Behind, if you feel as if teaching completely changed when No Child Left Behind was implemented, or if you ever felt saddened by some of the changes that resulted from educational reform, then you may be interested in taking my survey.



    • Thanks for taking a look! I’m not able to deduce your name from your initials…but I hope the past 15 years have been good ones for you. Best Wishes, Dave Sudmeier


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s