Mary Moe

Mary Moe


The Emily enigma: Let a 19-year-old have another year, or save taxpayers’ funds

By: - April 5, 2022

“There are more things in heaven and earth,” Hamlet told his science-minded friend Horatio, “than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Someone should tell the community of Billings the same thing about changing School Board Policy 2050. Policy 2050 establishes a clear line: Students who turn 19 before September 10 of the coming school year […]


The equity con game being sold by Montana’s leaders

By: - March 6, 2022

Many years ago I taught high school English. The curriculum was heavy on literature, ranging from “Beowulf”  to “Black Elk Speaks” and capped every year with a Shakespearean tragedy. And every year, another tragedy unfolded: Kids with poor reading skills washed out. We didn’t have reading specialists who could help them. We didn’t have math […]


Anger has spread across Montana like a disease

By: - January 5, 2022

At a city commission meeting, a citizen approached the podium. In remarks dripping with vitriol and peppered with profanity, he impugned the characters of two city staff members, disparaged the lengthy service of one city commissioner, and bemoaned the fate of his fellow citizens, whom he dismissed as “dumb bastards” getting taken by “The Man.” […]


The proud and mournful duty of honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice

By: - November 11, 2021

Some 76 ½ years ago, my grandmother followed the news accounts of the Battle of Iwo Jima warily. She knew from the newspapers that the first day of the invasion alone ended in 2,312 casualties, a figure that made even President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gasp. She knew, too, that Mount Surabachi had been captured on […]


Standing with Alan Turing and Emma Malonelord

By: - June 8, 2021

If you were to credit a single individual with defeating Hitler, it wouldn’t be a statesman or a general. It would be a British mathematician – Alan Turing. Turing figured out how to beat Enigma, the machine that used more than 150 trillion possibilities to change German military codes every eight hours. Turing’s breakthrough gave […]


Death by numbers: The forgotten (young) faces of COVID

By: - March 30, 2021

It’s hard to say when we became numb to the numbers. It’s the nature of numbers to obscure names and faces, to obliterate the story of one lost life with six digits representing hundreds of thousands of others. But then someone sends along an obituary of someone you knew. Or you drift off to sleep […]


COVID has created a learning chasm that may rob our children of future potential

By: - March 3, 2021

As Montana legislators consider school funding for the next biennium, they’ve been hearing plenty about enrollment gaps caused by the pandemic. Because Montana’s school funding formula is heavily enrollment-based, school districts are concerned that dramatic declines in enrollment will result in short-term and long-term funding gaps. Those concerns are legitimate. As an example, without legislative […]