Tag Archives: Civil Rights

Lies Your Teacher Told You

image: sundown.afro.illinois.edu

image: sundown.afro.illinois.edu

So yesterday’s post set the stage for James W. Loewen’s book Lies My Teacher Told Me. It was first published in 1995 and then updated in 2007. Loewen points out a lot of the same things I mentioned in yesterday’s post. In addition, he found that high school students generally rank history as the least relevant subject, even less relevant and interesting than algebra. (No offence, math teachers.) Continue reading

Officer Slam 2: To Discipline Or To Raise

image: nysepost.com

image: nysepost.com

If you had asked me last week what a school resource officer was, I wouldn’t have known, but my guess would have been someone who was somehow involved in directing students to the appropriate resources for whatever they needed, be it the school library, the counselor, a local college, whatever. Continue reading

Officer Slam 1: The Incident

image dailymail.co.uk

image dailymail.co.uk

Two days ago a sixteen-year-old girl at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina was using her phone in class. The teacher wanted to take the phone from her. She refused. The teacher then asked her to leave the classroom and go to the principal’s office. Or, rather,–I’m guessing–he ordered her. She refused. Continue reading

Confederate-flag-racism

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I took this picture in 2013 in a tourist shop in Missouri, intending to use it in a post about the confederate flag at some point.

The past couple of days I have come across several posts, reactions to posts, Facebook rantings by relatives even, about the fact that Americans are engrossed in two issues at the moment: the confederate flag and gay marriage. But especially our focus on the confederate flag “all of a sudden” irritates some. Continue reading