Category Archives: rhetoric

Unlearning Silence

Nancy Pelosi writes off Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional support as ‘like five people’ (New York Daily News)Pelosi refused to comment on Trump while traveling but openly critical of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar (opednews.com) One of my family members bought me a leather wallet sometime when I was in my junior high years. My strongest memory of that wallet remains the time when I was at school and discovered the wallet missing from my pocket. Later that day, I found my wallet tucked away in a corner of a hallway,…

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Tin Soldiers and Trump Coming

On Fox News, Dinesh D’Souza calls on Trump to use “force” and send the National Guard to college campuses to crack down on liberal protesters (mediamatters.org) Of all the social calamities caused by the last thirty years of right-wing education “reforms,” historical detachment may be one of the worst. As an increasing number of schools have been forced to cut their curricular offerings in order to handle an ever-growing host of problems, from budget cuts to mandatory standardized tests on math and reading, fewer students…

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This Is Still Not Normal

An 11-Year-Old Student Was Arrested in Florida After Refusing to Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance (Time) For the last few years of her life, Mom and I had DVR service through our (asshole) cable company, but she didn’t care for it all that much. Even if her eyesight hadn’t deteriorated so much that she had to squint with her face three inches away from the television just to see the cable box menus, Mom didn’t tend to adjust well to new technology, unless it…

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Bearing Witness

[Content warning: This blog contains discussions of bullying.] Nathan Phillips says Covington Catholic teens were disrespectful after investigation clears them (USA Today) One of my primary motivators as a teacher, and something I repeat to myself every day I teach, is that I need to be the kind of teacher for my students that I needed when I was younger. This would be a difficult enough task on its own, but as I’ve often pointed out, anyone who gets into teaching because they think it will…

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The Beginning of the Spiral

How to help families affected by the government shutdown (nbc12.com) I’ve written before about how I believe the greatest work Chris Matthews has ever done on Hardball (not exactly a high hurdle to leap) is a series he did in 2013 called “The Unkindest Cut,” which looked at how ordinary Americans were being devastated by “sequester” cuts in government spending on social services. Sequestration was created as a last-second compromise to avoid Republican brinkmanship on this country making its debt payments, as power-mad conservatives tried…

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