One of the things I’ve repeatedly told my son, and my students, and people attending my meditations, and have probably said before in this blog, that when thinking about 2020, instead of focusing on what we can’t do, we should focus on what we can do. For me, one of the upsides of staying home … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: Books!
In middle and high school, I grew up outside Washington DC, so I went to Virginian public schools. I learned the Virginian version of American history, which exalted the role of Virginia in creating our ideals of liberty and justice of all in the US, particularly during the colonial and Revolutionary periods. When I moved … More Hard History
For us in Cary, NC, the great cultural disappointment of the summer was the cancellation of the annual Summerfest concert series, when the NC Symphony plays at the magical outdoor pavilion known as Koka Booth Amphitheater (and I’m sure you can guess why). In New York, another great summer tradition fell as well–the free Shakespeare … More When Shakespeare Meets Black Lives Matter
If you have been looking for a resource to help you discuss all the current social action around the Black Lives Matter movement, Broadway on Demand may have just the thing for you. On August 1-2, they are providing free downloads of A Kids Play About Racism, a piece of theater designed to provoke age-appropriate … More A Play About Racism for Children Available for Free Download this Weekend
I Hear America SingingWalt Whitman I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,The boatman singing what belongs to … More A Happy 4th of July–Really!
I hope you’ve had an opportunity to take my advice from my post on Friday and to unwind some this weekend. I know I have. I watched Falsettos Friday night, which brought back lots of memories about the early ’80’s, both good and back. I wasn’t in love with the first act, but I laughed … More Free Movies for the Moment
I couldn’t help it. I literally laughed out loud this week when I read in the Washington Post that Donald Trump had announced: “I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous,” Trump told [Wall Street Journal journalist Michael] Bender. “It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.” … More Juneteenth 2020
EVERYONE in our house loves books! Preface: The following are my personal reflections on how white bias becomes institutionalized in high school literature classes. I teach group literature classes to homeschool students, but have never taught in a conventional public or private school, so my perspective reflects that. Also, I earned a Masters degree in … More How White Bias Becomes Institutionalized in Literature Classes II: Part 2- Teacher Work Load
Preface: The following are my personal reflections on how white bias becomes institutionalized in high school literature classes. I teach group literature classes to homeschool students, but have never taught in a conventional public or private school, so my perspective reflects that. Also, I earned a Masters degree in Education in Education and National Development, … More How White Bias Becomes Institutionalized in Literature Classes: Part 1- Testing
For most of my 20s and 30s, I lived in Dupont Circle in the center of Washington DC. I participated in most of the big progressive protests or demonstrations of support during those days, and I saw my share of social unrest. If I were still living there and especially if I were still that … More How Could I Have Not Known?