The Protectors of Humanity #NoDAPL

Day 6 Nov. 7th, 2016 It’s the day before the election.  I’m at Standing Rock – where life is real – people are real, and work is pure – and at the end of the day you feel that you did something good. Even when we look at the humvees planted in the hills, or… Read more »

Hold the Rigor; Pass the Respect

loonyhiker, Creative Commons I’m a newcomer to this blogging gig, and I’m getting a quick education about all the good, bad, and ugly when it comes to putting my private musings into public exposés. Some people we want to annoy, and others we desperately need on our side. Recently, a student’s comment in one of… Read more »

Peaceful Protest and Breathing

Nov. 6th, 2016 Last night we went to the casino in order to make a mad dash to upload all blogs, pictures, social media, etc., that each of us has promised to various organizations and groups.  When we returned it was after eleven p.m. Sam and I crawled into our tent exhausted. We had been… Read more »

Massachusetts- Vote No on Question 2

Do the corporate elite that are trying to kill off public schools truly believe they can continue to sell bullshit to the great people of Massachusetts? The Schott Foundation for Public Education released a blog post titled “A Question of Better Education for All” in which they remind us again that “When the corporate concept of… Read more »

Stories from Standing Rock

November 5th, 2016 Today we ate breakfast and headed to back to the Front Line to deliver the shields. As we cross over the bridge into the Rosebud camp we are immediately told there is a direct action today. Not sure what it is, but hoping we will hear more. We head on to the… Read more »

The Front Line

Front Line – November 4th, 2016 Today we went to the front line – this is the camp that is closest to the digging of the pipeline –  but the front line has been pushed back – and they are trying to inch their way back to the digging. We visited with women and men that… Read more »

I’m a Colonizer but I feel the Sacred Part II

Day One continued at Oceti Sakowin Camp #NoDAPL I continue to hear stories. Another tribe is the Crow tribe.  They came walking four miles to the camp  – coming in “healing” and wearing  full tribal dress.  The Crows were previously hated because they gave up the Native Americans to the army years  ago, but now the… Read more »

“So what do I do?”

I posted a link to a Paul Thomas blog post the other day- you can read Verboden!: Autonomy and Critical Thinking in Education if you missed that. Thankfully, someone asked him the question we all struggle with as teachers: “So what do I do? I want to teach practical skills and meaningful texts. I am instead faced… Read more »

Patrick, Gates, and the Destruction of Texas Education

I had all sorts of amazing an profane things to write, but nothing sticks out more to me about how Texas, and America, is screwing the public school system, especially in communities of color than this line: “It was a “conversation” in which a middle-aged white man having a “conversation” in a room filled with… Read more »