Neither Free Nor Brave

Independence Day and the Loss of America’s Democratic Public Schools (nancybailey.com)Canada Day muted as country reckons with treatment of indigenous, other minorities (Reuters via news.yahoo.com) One of the reasons Mom kept using her VCR through her final years was so she could keep watching her recordings of the Independence Day shows put on by PBS and A&E every year. She didn’t care much for the holiday itself, but she always loved the music, especially the orchestral pieces that played during the show-ending fireworks displays. Even…

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Florida Man-dates False Balance

A Chilling New Florida Law Will Survey University Students and Faculty About Their Political Beliefs (Slate) Of all the books I need to read this coming month for research on my next book (as always, please subscribe to my Patreon for exclusive updates on that research, one of which will be dropping later this week), Ellen Schrecker’s No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism and the Universities may be the one I’m looking forward to the most. Schrecker is one of the leading historians of McCarthyism and its…

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No Go

The spring after my father died, Mom insisted on selling our two minivans and getting a PT Cruiser to replace them. My parents had ridiculed the PT Cruiser mercilessly when it first came out, but after Mom had a chance to ride in one, she fell in love with them. What was most striking about her insistence that we get this car, though, was that she hadn’t been driving for years, and I’m fairly certain that her driver’s licence had expired years earlier as she…

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Ideology Club

Nevada Family Alliance: That Body Cams for Teachers Group (curmudgucation.blogspot.com) The first rule of Ideology Club is anyone who claims someone else is pushing their ideology on others is trying to push their own ideology without admitting it’s an ideology. The second rule of Ideology Club is anyone who claims someone else is pushing their ideology on others is trying to push their own ideology without admitting it’s an ideology. Yeah, I know it’s not as catchy as the source material, but that doesn’t make…

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Sidelined

Between the large number of classes I wound up teaching this past spring semester, and all the other craziness that’s been sideswiping me here in 2021, my ability to do research for my next book just hasn’t been what I want it to be. When I relaunched my Patreon last summer with an exclusive-content model, where a substantial amount of that content is going to be my extended thoughts about the books I’ve been reading, I vowed that I would read a minimum of five…

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