Politics

Where Are We Now?

Where Are We Now?

Much of the news cycle is following two tracks: Trump’s cabinet picks and the big question of “What happened?” in this election. I’ll get to the cabinet picks later, but that second question isn’t going to have a simple answer…

Signal To Noise

Signal To Noise

Like everyone else right now, I’m trying to process what’s happened. I feel profound sadness. I’m mournful for what was and fearful for what will be. There was much about a Hillary Clinton presidency from which I would have benefited;…

Teaching Discourse in the Year of the Donald

Teaching Discourse in the Year of the Donald

It’s the time of the summer that I have started to slowly turn my attention back to my classroom, making plans for the coming year and reviewing my curriculum.  As a social studies teacher, many of my objectives align with…

Teaching Civics in the Year of The Donald

Teaching Civics in the Year of The Donald

Earlier this year, I asked my 8th grade social studies class to raise their hand if they would be turning fourteen before November.  Most of them raised their hands.  “That means,” I told them, “that you will be able to…