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 […]

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 […]

SPLC and Trump

I have posted this story about the Southern Poverty Law Center but I wanted to do this again in light of the recent events at Charlottesville and the defense that Trump made for the white nationalist movement. It seems that the work of the Southern Poverty Law Center is more crucial than ever. The hate […]

Trump Cabinet selections and some suggestions for others

Just another reminder to Trump voters and non-voters in the Presidential election – here is what you own now. Two recent selections are Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education – DeVos is a person who has not attended public schools and her children have never attended public schools. She has no background in education nor […]