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I'm an educator, Kalamazoo College alumnus, Democrat, and proud Detroiter! Views here are my own.
Any high school can be quickly divided into sects. Roll into the south side of Chicago, and every kid is tagged by a gang. Zoom out to the suburbs, and things look a lot more like that show Glee. You have traditional lines between athletes, preps, and emo/goth kids. Then you have the teens who…read more »
Thursday marked the first time in months that I’ve been in my hometown of Detroit. Ironically enough, Thursday also marked the city’s historic filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Everyone knows that Detroit has been transformed over the past century from the industrial capital of America to a symbol of American decline. As experts have said…read more »
The Supreme Court’s decision to throw out a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act and dismiss the Proposition 8 case this morning weren’t the only big political headlines this week. In fact, we’re being inundated by stories packed with historical precedent. Yesterday morning, the Supreme Court threw out an integral portion of the…read more »
A few days ago I saw someone on Facebook post a link to a news story about either a student or a teacher being suspended for discussing the new song “Same Love” by Macklemore. Then yesterday I saw another person post a link about students in Ontario playing the song for their gay teacher as…read more »
On this blog I speak highly of my home district, Grosse Pointe. So I was happy to see Grosse Pointe North’s Gary Abud named Michigan Teacher of the Year earlier this month. Since the announcement, I’ve been following him on twitter and I’ve also been following the controversy surrounding StudentsFirst’s exploitation of his award. But I…read more »