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Between qigong and grocery shopping—Frances Willard

After qigong this morning I met a student of mine and her mother to take a tour of Willard House in Evanston. The student is doing her research project on Frances Willard and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. In actual … Continue reading

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Vaclav Havel’s high moral purpose

Vaclav Havel died this weekend. Playright, dissident, poet, and Czechoslovakia’s first democratically elected president,  Havel’s activisim helped to bring down the communist regime in Czechoslovakia in the Velvet Revolution of 1989. The hope and expectations for his presidency were enormous. … Continue reading

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Integrity, equity, generosity of spirit

Though I still have a few weeks before school begins, I have already received a few emails from parents about book lists and desires for meetings regarding their children’s issues. And, of course, I have also heard from school concerning … Continue reading

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The surprising truth about what motivates us: Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose

My friend Ms. Chili posted the video below a few days ago. I couldn’t believe how appropriate it was for me in my life right now, not only as it pertains to how we, as teachers, deal with our students, … Continue reading

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“…pleading for a time when hatred and cruelty will not control the hearts of men.”

Clarence Darrow died today in 1938. For the last 50 years, civil rights activists, lawyers, and labor leaders have gathered on this date to toss a wreath into the Jackson Park Lagoon from the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge, where his … Continue reading

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Debs ate his bribe

Today were our Pullman Strike debates. Jane Addams, Eugene Debs, Governor Altgeld, Attorney General Olney, General Miles and the Federal Troops, George Pullman, the General Managers Association (GMA), Reverend Carwardine, and Pullman workers were at the table negotiating, something that … Continue reading

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In the glow of protest, full of hope and possibilities (*Edited)

I can’t help but feel spirited support for the protests that are going on in Egypt right now. The diverse voices (at least for Egypt diverse) in Tahrir Square in Cairo, and in many other cities in Egypt, demanding political … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King

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