Category: John Samuel Tieman

Nun

By | John Samuel Tieman, Prose

I was always disappointed that I wasn’t beaten during high school.   That’s because I’m Catholic.   Catholics are supposed to be beaten by nuns, or at least have little scars on our knuckles to prove that we took piano lessons. So it was with some relief that yesterday I had this recovered memory. The nuns hated …

Taps For Sgt. Salinger

By | John Samuel Tieman, Prose

J. D. Salinger died on the 27th of January.   He is best known as the author of one of the most critically acclaimed novels of the twentieth century, The Catcher In The Rye.   A contributor to such magazines as The New Yorker, Collier’s and The Saturday Evening Post, he made many notable contributions to literature, …

A Commentary

By | John Samuel Tieman, Prose

Concerning public schools, we know all we need to know about educational reform. So what do teachers, principals and administrators know about reforming the public schools? Where do we begin? Four points. We need order in our schools. We need teachers to be empowered. We know that instruction should be individualized. We know that we …

A Very Catholic Reformation

By | John Samuel Tieman, Prose

      I am a Roman Catholic.   I was not surprised last month when I read of yet another pedophile priest.   Nor was I surprised by the cover-up.   But I was shocked to hear that two boys, ten and fourteen, were administered a solemn oath, on peril of their immortal souls, not to reveal that they were …

On Humility: A Commentary

By | John Samuel Tieman, Prose

I read the other day about the famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, the duel in which Hamilton was mortally wounded and Burr politically ruined. This tragedy is a bit of a mystery.   No one can say why, at some point, they didn’t withdraw from the duel.   But I have a good guess. …

A Commentary

By | John Samuel Tieman, Prose

I read the other day about the famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, the duel in which Hamilton was mortally wounded and Burr politically ruined. This tragedy is a bit of a mystery.   No one can say why, at some point, they didn’t withdraw from the duel.   But I have a good guess. …

Instructions For My Funeral

By | John Samuel Tieman, Prose

First, remember it’s not my funeral.   It’s yours.   I won’t hear the music.   I won’t hear the prayers.   I won’t hear the cries or the laughs.   I won’t be of much use.   So indulge yourself.   I only have a few requests. Do my funeral like I did my life: don’t be cheap but don’t be …

Seventeen Warnings For The Dysfunctional School District

John Samuel Tieman, Prose

1) Be afraid if many reports, which sound important, are read by few and taken seriously by fewer. 2)  Be afraid if a critique is thought to substantiate the inadequacy of the person voicing the observation. 3)  When fundamental problems are reported, be afraid if the usual solution is to humiliate the person making the assessment. …