Jason Wallestad

Exploring the worlds where parenting, teaching, advising, and coding coincide.

Jason Wallestad

Why I’m voting for Biden: Trump’s administration has endangered Minnesota’s BWCA

September 7, 2020

Here’s a personal reason I’m choosing to cast my ballot this fall for Biden: actions taken by the Trump administration have placed the future of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in danger. Chilean-owned mining company Antofagasta PLC (under their subsidiary Twin Metals Minnesota) is trying to gain approval from the U.S. government to open sulfide-ore Read More

Why I’m voting for Biden: A vote for Biden is a vote for normalcy

September 1, 2020

Conservative television host Laura Ingraham interviewed the President on FOX yesterday, or in other words, the President was on his home turf with a home crowd cheering him on, and he, let’s see, what’s an apt way to finish my sports metaphor…missed a three-foot putt. In an interview that wasn’t much more than a grab Read More

Why I’m voting for Joe Biden: he won’t retweet conspiracy theorists and white nationalists

August 30, 2020

I’m voting for Joe Biden this fall because he won’t retweet conspiracy theorists and white nationalists. I’m setting a low bar here, but it’s an important one. And I’m not being glib. The President of the United States should not foment hatred or division, should not promote lies and half-truths, and should never promote violence Read More

Why I’m voting for Biden: Black lives matter

August 26, 2020

I’m voting for Joe Biden this fall because Black lives matter, and I believe that Joe Biden will help us be better and do better as a nation as we try to become more just. This morning, I watched the video of a 17-year-old Trump supporter with an assault rifle shoot and kill innocent protesters Read More

Why music teachers matter

April 2, 2014

An elementary school orchestra makes a terrible sound, and any parent who tells you otherwise is a liar. But as my daughter’s orchestra conductor led his beginners through a simple song in their first ever concert last year, he smiled broadly, kept the beat with emphatic arms, and seemed to hear only beautiful sounds.

What parents don’t want to hear at parent-teacher conferences

March 30, 2014

When my wife and I sat down at our daughter’s 5th grade parent-teacher conference last week, we hoped to get a sense that the teacher understood our daughter and her strengths and weaknesses.  But we didn’t.  Instead, the teacher provided us with a litany of numbers and test results the school and the education-testing industry Read More

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