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June 24, 2017

Education

Making a Zealot: Trump Bros

Scrolling through your Facebook Feed is always a gamble. Sure, you take the time to carefully cull your friends list in a subconscious act of intellectual isolation, and sure, you painstakingly craft posts that capture the essence of what you are feeling at any given moment, but there are those immutable times when certain posts

Preparing the Ground: What Do Students Need?

“Behold, a sower went forth to sow…” (Matthew 13:3) A couple of months ago, I talked about the parable of the sower and the seeds. You remember the story: a man sows seeds; some of them grow, some of them don’t. The seeds that fall on stone have no topsoil to accept the roots. The

A Man–and a School–For All Seasons

I didn’t intend to be an educator. My parents were both teachers—my father at a law school and my mother in a fifth grade classroom–but it never occurred to me to follow in their footsteps. I was going to be an artist—a playwright, actually. I worked for my university theatre after graduating from college, and

Rewriting History

Okay, NOW I’m pissed off. We should not teach lies in our nation’s history. In Texas 5 million kids will be using new textbooks this fall based on revised curriculum which all but ignore racial segregation, do not mention the Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow laws… and state the American Civil War was caused by “sectionalism,

Five Essential Questions

Sometimes in your journey through life, you encounter writers or artists who speak in a language that feels like it was written just for you. The things they say or show you may be brand new, but those things resonate and reverberate with you, touching something that’s already there. They wake up something inside you

A Few Years From Now….(SATIRE)

  We have a special report. As we get ready for Hillary Clinton’s second inauguration, let’s look back on the last few years.  Remember the sound that was heard all over the south, but especially in Texas, the day Hillary was elected?  Some thought it was an invasion from outer space while others thought it was President Obama

Don’t Become a Teacher

I recently had the privilege of sitting down and talking with a Dean of Education, a Director of Graduate Education, and an Indiana Principal of the Year at a small reception hosted by my Graduate Degree Alma Mater. The purpose of the reception was to give Graduate alumni students a chance to re-connect, share ideas,

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