Living and Teaching in the Bible Belt

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day Hope

It is just after 4:30 and I am awake. My mind, my energies, my very soul are all focused on this election and its outcome. For the first time since I reached voting age... this election is more than just hoping "my guy" wins. For the first time... I did vote as if my life, as if your life, as if our... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Education is Robbing African-American Children of MLK's Dream

I know this - because in my class room the majority of my students are African-American. They do not know the history of slavery in America, they do not know what the Emancipation Proclamation is, they do not know anything about the Harlem Renaissance, they do not know when Martin Luther King, Jr.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 27, 2008

When Friends Violate Trust...

I should have known better - my mother always said the best way to ruin a friendship is to loan someone money. In this case... it was my credit card. My friend Jana - after several years of staying home to raise her kids until they were all in school - finally decided to put up the soccer mom duds,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

What Rosa Parks Could Teach Sarah Palin and John McCain

There is a different kind of racism that exists in this country today... it is called "political correctness". We are not supposed to be aware of a person's differences to the point of being able to speak openly about them... yet we are supposed to develop the ability to embrace that person. We live... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Open the document... Then answer the questions

The question is not would you vote for the man in the document; but... Would you vote for the man behind the document? Are Americans ignorant enough to buy into this sort of propaganda? This ad is being sent around by the Republican National Committee. So read it - then answer the two questions... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Angry Republican - "I wouldn't give that socialist a wooden nickle!"

Dear Angry, Bitter, Delusional, Misguided, but certainly not Misunderstood Republican Voter: A few things... Maybe that is what is wrong with the economy... the Republicans have been spending wooden nickles. Believing in health care for every person - does not make one a socialist. Ignorance runs... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 20, 2008

McCain: Teaching Anger Managment and Ethics?

You would think so if you had been at my local Obama campaign headquarters yesterday making phone calls with me. The typical conversation went the way of every McCain/Palin campaign ad. Now I see how Joe the Plumber was coached. 1. Start off with a lie, i.e. "I am a non-committed voter." 2. Lead... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

McCain as a P.I.?

It seems that Senator John McCain put about as much time and effort into researching his poster-plumber Joe as he did researching his running-mate Joe Six-Pack/Hockey Mom Palin. McCain - do quit your day job... but don't go into the P.I. business.... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 17, 2008

McCain Will Trust Your Child's Education to Uncertified Teachers

McCain is so damned hungry for votes... he is now proposing jobs to returning (from the terrors of war) military personnel jobs as teachers - without them having to acquire any teacher education or take any competency or credentialing exams. I served in the military... this did not prepare me for... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Palin is Competent to be President Because Why?

Okay... so the woman gave birth to a downs kid... does that make her the poster mommy for pro-life, special needs kids, and foreign policy (after all... downs syndrome was once called Mongolism)? Maybe it is because my IQ is a bit higher than the average bear... but I felt like I was watching the... Sign in to see full entry.

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