This One’s for You, Dad.

I don’t think I ever told all y’all, but one of the reasons that I’ve written as regularly as I have on the Radical is because I knew that my Dad has spent the past several years waiting for new posts.  He loved the stuff — but more importantly, he loved the conversations that my content sparked between us.


We talked for HOURS about everything #edpolicy and #edtech.  We talked about how poverty impacts education.  We talked about communities that fail to support their schools.  We talked about how teachers need to take risks sometimes in order to drive change.  We talked about how social media spaces are changing learning and publishing and family communication.

But most importantly, we talked — and I loved every minute of it. 

So this one’s for you, Dad.  I know with all my heart that you’re still reading and that’s why I’ll always continue to write.

With nothing but love,



Note to readers:  I lost my Dad to lung cancer yesterday, so I’ll be away from the keyboard for awhile.  I know you’ll understand.

39 thoughts on “This One’s for You, Dad.

  1. Bill Ferriter

    Hey Aunt Linda!
    First, sorry for the slow reply — Ive been at a workshop in Boston for a few days and thats kept me more than a little busy.
    Second, thanks for the cyberhugs! I definitely needed them.
    I was wearing Dads tie-tack for the last few days. It made me wet in the eyes more than once.
    Much love,

  2. Mary Howe

    This is very touching. No wonder your dad read everything you wrote, you have a lot to say from a very warm place. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Linda Lawrence

    Strolling down memory lane this weekend, look where I landed! This post brings a tear… but the kind that comes with a smile. Cyber hug to my favorite tempered radical.

  4. Bill Ferriter

    Thanks, Lesa…
    I keep holding onto the truth that Dads in a better place. Lung cancer sucks.
    Hope youre well — I miss all yall down there in Union County.
    Rock on,

  5. Cori Saas

    Bill. What joy to have shared all that you love with your Dad. Thank you for sharing here. My Mom and I never had a place to begin conversations until we found the common space of education and learning. Now our stories ease into gentle spaces about my daughter, her dreams and our love. This space is more, almost magic, I think. My mom knows you. Stories of your students. She knows my students. She knows me. My friend, thank you for sharing, for sharing your Dad.

  6. John Norton

    Bill, strange to say, perhaps, but I envy you. My dad died before I became a writer for his favorite newspaper and I so wished I could have used that connection to draw us closer. What a wonderful thing you were able to share. I know he was so proud of you.

  7. Paula Naugle

    I love the picture you added to this post. While you mourn the loss of your dad, know that his suffering is now over and that he will be reading your inspiring words from a better place. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  8. Bill Ferriter

    All yall,
    I just wanted to take a quick minute in the midst of a few really difficult days to thank ALL of you for stopping by and wishing me and my family well. I was sitting down last night with my mom and showing her how to use dads iPad and we found this post in his Flipboard feed reader. When I showed her the dozens of comments from friends, it made her day.
    For me, each comment — both here and on Twitter — has been a digital hug. Theyve made me smile, and I could use a few smiles right about now.
    Rock on,

  9. Gcouros

    An amazing tribute to obviously an amazing man. Thank you for sharing this as he will continue to inspire many. My thoughts are with you and I am sorry for your loss.

  10. Alec Couros (@courosa)

    Very sorry for your loss, Bill. I know my father reads my posts as well and he has always been my important reader. Thank you for this wonderful tribute to your dad and for inspiring me to make a connection with my own this morning. Take care.

  11. Karen Janowski

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Your dad was obviously an incredible motivation to you and we all benefitted.
    (we lost my youngest sister to cancer two years ago. It is not easy to go through. My thoughts are with you.)

  12. Shareski

    So sorry for your loss Bill. Your relationship with your father sounds similar to mine. What a privilege to be able to have a great father. I know his memory and conversations will be with you forever. Take care my friend.

  13. Stephanie Madlinger

    Sorry for your loss, Bill! I know your pain well, I lost my mother unexpectedly last year. Guarantee your father is reading every word, he may even be helping you write it. Sending you strength and peace!

  14. Chris Wejr

    Hey buddy… I am so sorry for your loss. Please know The legacy of the conversations and teachings of your dad carry on through people like me and even on to my students through your words. It is amazing how a man can touch so many lives without even knowing it. All my thoughts and love…. Chris

  15. Bwillhoit

    Bill, sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts. The bond you and your dad shared through education reminds me of the same bond that I am lucky enough to share with my dad. Keep up the great work on The Radical.

  16. Bo Adams

    Bill, I love the picture in the post, and I appreciate you sharing your dad with us. May the memories spread light among the sorrows. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. Pat

    I’m so sorry for your loss! I hope the good memories of your times together help get you through tough times. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

  18. Scott Carr

    This is a very nice tribute to your father. I am sorry for your loss. It sounds like you both had a special relationship that will continue on.
    Scott Carr

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