Category Archives: Teaching

The Surprising Usefulness of Teachers

It’s no secret that Republicans hate public-sector unions, and public-sector workers, as government is always the problem and never the solution, and so forth and so on. Chris Christie has called public school teachers, and by extension, firefighters and cops … Continue reading

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Nothing Exciting

Ah, teaching adolescents was many decades ago – but thinking back on that whole business it seemed the trick to make things exciting, or engaging, or at least not so boring that those young folks were reduced to tears, or … Continue reading

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The Republicans Shine On

Not once in all those years of teaching – not even once – did a student ever say that the dog ate his homework – or her homework as the case may be. But it was a ritzy, or at … Continue reading

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On Dealing with Inanity

Everyone should spend a year or two teaching high school English – or so it seemed to Tony Danza recently. But it’s not like Robin Williams’ sappy movie or that classic about that Chips fellow – you won’t be the … Continue reading

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Waiting for the Impossible

As September collapses into October it seems everyone is waiting for Superman – and they’re not waiting for the new ultimate Tea Party candidate who will whip out a revolver and shoot pesky reporters dead and then deport Obama to … Continue reading

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The Odd Charm of Simple Uninformed Honesty

Maybe it started with Brigitte Bardot in 1956 and that film And God Created Woman. Bardot was really something. Or maybe it started a few years earlier with Leslie Caron in An American in Paris – as she was something … Continue reading

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The Teacher’s Dilemma

Some things stay with you. It was June 1981 – so long ago it might have been the birth of today’s world, kind of like the Big Bang or something. That was the year IBM introduced the first IBM PC … Continue reading

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