Dr. Gottfried's  Home Page

Update December 19, 2023 (8 weeks)

Not monthly. How about I call it an occasional series? You get what you pay for.

The newest post, "Life in the Middle Lane," about what occupies my time, is up now, as a blog, vlog and podcast, at   https://mdgottfried.net/Casts/DrGsCasts.html

As always, feedback is appreciated.

Update October 24, 2023 (4 weeks)

OK. I do like the sound of my own voice and sharing. For anyone who is interested, I’ve posted a second blog/podcast/webcast.  This one is on books and what I'm reading. It can be accessed through the same "Casts" webpage.


Update September 26, 2023 (only a week-OK, 8 days who is counting!)

So...I did something. A "cast" about how I ended up with a 1980 Miami Herald article.  I've set it up as a blog, a podcast and a webcast so everyone can be "happy."


Update-September 18, 2023 (Wow, from updating this page multiple times a week to 1/almost 2 years)

I have been digitizing my mother's old photo albums (a large task-she has hundreds of albums with thousands of pictures). In an album from 1980 there was a newspaper clipping from an adventure I participated in way back when. I thought I'd include it here.
Sorry for the size issue, but, this way it is readable.

Also, I still get the analytics from this page and see that a few people check it each week. Weird, but, true.
I have thought about doing a "blog" hosted on this page, but, I'm not sure if anyone would care to read/listen to it.

So, I'm collecting information.
If you would be interested in a blog (you have to read it), a podcast (you listen to me pontificate) or a vlog (you get to watch me pontificate) drop me a line at drg.atm@gmail.com
Let me know what you would spend time on (text/audio/video) as well as freqnency and length.
If there is a groundswell of interest I may actually do something.

Miami Herald June 5, 1980 p 172

As of June 10, 2021, I am retired.

Don't ask what am I doing. The answer will be, after 32 years as a teacher, as little as possible. Obviously, this web page will only be sporatically updated.

In light of all the conspiracy theories about the CoVid vaccines and challenges to truth (with a lower case "t") I have been thinking about ideas in general and what we mean by truth. That has led me to think about challenges to the orthodoxy (in whatever form) and from there to banned ideas. I'll update the list as I continue to think....

Banned Ideas

5/23/2023- Update on Banned books/ideas in Florida- Florida Book Bans Are No Hoax: Here Are The Facts - PEN America

If you want to keep in touch, I can be found on Facebook or reached via email drg.atm@gmail.com  or, you can leave a SMS text or voice message at 305 349 3740

Do you play in an orchestra???  Information and links to Nu Deco Nxt a youth ensemble [click here]

The logic of science - or why we trust science rather than pseudoscience.

Feedback and I wish Dr. Gottfried knew....

[In 1982 my father, Joseph Gottfried, gave a speech to the West Palm Beach Rotary Club about propaganda. His friend and colleague, who was there at the time, recently forwarded a copy of the speech to my mother, saying it seemed prophetic. I've attached it here. JG-Propaganda ]

In Memorium - My favorite musician (whose music you will hear alot in class) is a South African, Johnny Clegg. I should say, was a South African, since he died on Tuesday 7/16/2019. Go to YouTube and listen to some of his music. Search the Internet for his story. A truely great man. RIP Dr. G.

openly secular

Glossary For The College Bound

Opening Doors to College

Funds for college...Depending on where you go, and what you do, you can raise some extra scholarship dollars from Raise.me
Really, it works. I have had several students get significant funding through them.

Senioritis- Colleges can rescind their acceptance late in the game. Read more here.

On February 2, 2013 Joseph Gottfried, my father, died.An online tribute for those who could not attend the funeral can be found at  A Tribute

Other family "history."  My mother's family lived in Sarajevo for 450 years. From the expulsion from Spain in 1492 to WWII (1941). There is an interesting video about this history on YouTube.  The Other History

What Parents and Students can do to create a Culture of Peace and Safety in Schools 

Economy- One my former students, Patrick Jean Baptise, wrote an opinion article   for The Harvard Crimson on what we in the US know about the economy. Read it to see what real writing at the college level looks like! Ignorance is Not Bliss


On the value of education-A letter sent by a Berekley professor to his students. Long but worth reading.

AP Classes and the cost of college (from the college board-you will need a pdf reader to access this file).

Vocabulary is key to college acceptance and success. This helps and is fun.

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Recommendations: Reminder: For any type of letter of recommendation it is YOUR responsibility to provide me (or whomever is writing the letter) an envelope, and if you want the teacher to mail it the envelope needs to be addressed and stamped.

Since I will not be in any classroom, if you want a college recommendation 2021-2022, you will need to email me, and we will have to have an "interview." 

I can do actual letters, the Common App, and through Ms. Rodriguez, SCOIR recommendations

Information on identifying strokes-IMPORTANT TO KNOW (NOT CURRICULUM-IMPORTANT IN LIFE!)

Holocaust Awareness - On 3/4/2010 I received an email from my aunt with details about a Polish Catholic woman who saved thousands of Jewish children from death during the Holocaust. Given that my parents are survivors, I tend to think I am well informed, but I had not heard of her, but after some research I discovered that the Irena Sender story, as portrayed in the email was true. Rather than forward the email, which would, I'm sure, be deleted by most, I'm posting a link to the story here, where it will remain part of my web pages.
Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler

Doonesbury/ by Garry Trudeau on 12/18/05 was IMHO right on the money

My favorite quote:

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Aldous Huxley, "Proper Studies", 1927
English critic & novelist (1894 - 1963)
Life Rules & the Question...Is it better to be a jock or a nerd.

Some speeches I gave when I was your age....

Old homepage (includes biography etc) This hasn't been updated in years.

Revised Biography

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