This week’s writer is William J. Mathis, managing director of the National Education Policy Center and a member of the Vermont State Board of Education.
Somewhere in everybody’s family tree is an Uncle Milton. Always smiling and backslapping, he treats everyone like his favorite nephew, and no wish is too much for his generosity. Enjoying the flattery, he takes the family out for dinner. It has happened too many times to be a coincidence but when the check comes, he’s always gone to the restroom.