The Incivility of White America: #WhiteAmnesia

Apparently there is an “uncivil war” breaking out in America. The declaration follows some high profile incidents such as Sarah Huckabee Sanders being asked to leave the Red Hen, Homeland Security Secretary Kirsjten Nielsen being jeered, booed at and, eventually, forced to leave a D.C. Mexican restaurant, and Stephen Miller, the Trump advisor largely seen… Continue reading The Incivility of White America: #WhiteAmnesia

The Purpose of Public Education

To begin to answer this question, or move towards the more important question of what SHOULD be the purpose of public education in America, first we must start with what WAS the purpose of education in America. Thomas Jefferson, widely considered the most adamant supporter of public education among our country’s founders, proposed a two-track… Continue reading The Purpose of Public Education

We Choose Truth

“The educator has the duty of not being neutral.” ― Paulo Freire Last month politicians in the Minnesota legislature introduced a bill titled the Academic Balance Bill. The stated objective of the bill is “Public education courses are not for the purpose of political, ideological, religious, or antireligious indoctrination” The bill requires “the school to provide… Continue reading We Choose Truth

Aziz Ansari and the Silence of Straight, Cis Men

I read the Babe story about Aziz Ansari and cringed. I could feel my heart start to race, my palms got sweaty, and the knot in my stomach, my no-doubt-about-it sign that my conscience is kicking in, had me taking deep breaths in my living room. I wasn’t cringing because I was disappointed in Aziz… Continue reading Aziz Ansari and the Silence of Straight, Cis Men

A Requiem for John Brown: road map for 21st Century Abolition

“I, John Brown, am now quite certain, that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away, but with blood.” – John Brown   Saturday marked the 158th anniversary of John Brown’s execution. The passionate and dedicated abolitionist believed that logic and moral arguments would not end the practice of slavery, that only… Continue reading A Requiem for John Brown: road map for 21st Century Abolition