Category Archives: education

Allegory over the river of capital punishment

We have finished reading Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Rushdie wrote this story while he was under a death threat (fatwa) from the Ayotollah Khomeni for writing the Satanic Verses. He was in hiding for ten years and wrote … Continue reading

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Still a work in progress and totally pumped for tomorrow

Because of schedule changes, I teach the last two periods of the day  (along with the third and fourth). By the later afternoon, the kids are tired, wiped out. They are clearly filled with great ideas, even the best of … Continue reading

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For $20,000

Last week, in a final game in the classroom of Mrs. Robinson, the question was asked, “For $20,000, would you go for three months without washing, brushing your teeth, or using deodorant? Assume you could not explain your reasons to … Continue reading

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“To my graduating self”

At the beginning of each year I have the students write themselves a letter. They address it “To my graduating self.” I ask them to think about all the issues in their lives at that moment and how they think … Continue reading

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I stop somewhere waiting for you.

I love Walt Whitman. Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) He is indeed large, immense in his embrace of the world, others—his inclusion of all voices and people inside the … Continue reading

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“The cap in your mouth can obstruct breathing if swallowed.”

Riding home last night I was listening to NPR which had a report on the 14th annual Wacky Warning Labels Contest, started by Bob Dorigo Jones in 1997. The idea behind the contest is that in our litigious society, we are being over-warned … Continue reading

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Equity in education is attached to the hip of integration

Today, May 17,  is the 57th anniversary of the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v Board of Education. The promise then was that segregation in our nation’s public schools would no longer be tolerated— that in fact, such practices … Continue reading

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