How Could The Day Get Past Me

On Monday, November 23, 2009, I thought about November 22, 1963.  The entire Sunday, the date never entered my mind.  This is the first time in 45 years that I haven’t thought about the Kennedy  assassination on November 22.  I have noted with each passing year, however,  the media coverage shrinking. I am a little […]

Parents (Teachers): You have Responsibilities, Few Rights, and Not Much Power – Part 1.

I just retired – as of this school year – from approximately 31 years of teaching.  I haven’t retired from 25+ years of parenting.  Being a parent and a teacher causes a strange kind of schizophrenia including multiple personality (dis)order (for those of you who are running or 35 watts, this is hyperbole).  Think like […]

Banned Book Week: Propagandized and Lied to by Marian the Librarian, Part 2

In part 1, we argued that Banned Book Week was fundamentally misleading. We defined “banned” and questioned whether banning was actually a real problem in the United States. We questioned the lumping of “banned” with “challenged” books as a challenge was not fundamentally in itself a problem. We stipulated that “banning” in America, if it […]

9/11 – We Can’t Ever Forget

I was standing outside of a classroom where I used to be an educator of sorts waiting to help a teacher administer an important beginning-of-the-year reading test.  A teacher across the hall looking rather pale said to me that something terrible was happening.  She lead me to her computer.  There was a one line news […]

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