Thoughts on the grand jury decision regarding the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri

An opinion piece was written recently in the Washington Post by Carol Anderson, and it is titled “Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress.” In the piece she states that “White rage recurs in American history. It exploded after the Civil War, erupted again to undermine the Supreme Court’s Brown […]

Socratic Seminars

                            Socratic Seminar is a teaching strategy that I used in my middle and high school literature and history classes.  Seminar of course, is not my original idea, and through my teaching years I ‘borrowed’ from great teachers and then tried to make a strategy my own – based on the text(s) we were […]

Memorial Day Thoughts – Part 2

                  My parents started, or at least I think it started with them, a practice of visiting cemeteries on Memorial Day and placing flowers on the graves of ancestors. I recall that my mother always was particular about the floral arrangements that would be used and she spent a lot of time thinking and […]