Memorial Day 2017

                    There are times when events connect without apparent meaning. That is what happened to me with today being Memorial Day, members of my family making an annual visit to cemeteries where previous generations are buried, and our own Unpresident Trump laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. One of […]

M.L. King, A. Ginsberg, Unpresident Trump

                OK class, which one of these three does not belong?                 Two of these folks could speak and write in compete and coherent sentences and at times their language was profound and poetic, but this is not the reason that I have chosen these three names to write about this time.                 Yesterday was […]

School Vouchers: Imminent Threat to Equitable School Funding

                  It was telling that Unpresident Trump and Secretary (are you serious?) of Education DeVos made their first joint school visit to a private religious school in Florida. Both of them have negligible experience with public schools and it is clear that their lack of interest in improving public education is neither knowledge based […]

White Privilege and the Politics of Personal Exoneration

I have recently read, or read again, two important pieces that I believe are interconnected and I want to take this blog entry to encourage you to take a deeper look at both of them. One is “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates and the other is Peggy McIntosh’s “White Privilege – Unpacking […]

Transgender bathroom rights. Really???

Are we really engaged in an argument about bathroom rights? It seems that way, but I believe that this is just obfuscation for prejudice and hatred of the other – in this case, it is directed against the LGBQT community and by extension, any community that is not white or straight. I want to share […]

Using photography in a social justice curriculum

This photograph is from the John Mosely collection and was taken in 1962. The demonstration took place at the construction site for the public school at Strawberry Mansion, and the people in the neighborhood were protesting because all of the construction workers were white – the construction took place in an African American community and […]