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Newsome’s clarion call to activism

At 6am in the morning last Saturday, Bree Newsome removed the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol by climbing its flagpole. She was arrested with James Ian Tyson who helped her over the fence around … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace

President Obama’s eulogy for the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine killed during Bible study at the AME church in Charleston, was a powerfully put perspective on race, love, spirituality, justice, and activism. Obama even broke into singing “Amazing … Continue reading

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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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