On the new 2018 School Year

It has been eight years since I left the classroom. There was a little push from some minor health issues and a bigger shove from administration at my school that kept pressuring and threatening my practice and integrity. I want to write this blog entry for teaching colleagues, retired and active, former students of my […]

Describing a vigil at the Berks County Detention Center

    When I talk and write about the Berks County Detention Center (BCDC) I am amazed at how many people, some of whom actually have a social conscience, do not know about its existence or its nefarious purpose, so I thought a description of one vigil that Carol and I attended, some of the […]

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 […]

Using photography as part of 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 […]

Trump’s Holocaust Denier in Chief

This past weekend Senator Tim Kaine made a statement that sticks in my head. He said that it is no coincidence that on the same weekend that Trump issued his Muslim States immigration order, his administration also released a press about the Holocaust that failed to mention the Jewish people. I would like to focus […]