“A bit of a bonus?”

So, this past week, the President of the United States suggested that teachers receive “a bit of a bonus” to carry a gun in school and that 40% of all teachers would receive this benefit, as reported in The New York Times. This would be a flat bonus of $1000, which, of course, is about […]

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Student Apathy

Very little gets students excited these days, academically speaking. Sure they get excited about certain things outside of school that interest them, but the sheer joy of learning seems foreign to them. They just seem to go to school because they have to and no other reason. School is something to “get through,” to “overcome.” […]

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Sticks and stones…

“Words, words, words.” — Hamlet When I was growing up, my parents always used to say to me when I felt bad because of something someone said to me that it’s just words. If you don’t pay attention to them, they can’t hurt you. But then there’s Nietzsche: “All I need is a sheet of […]

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New Year’s Resolution

So, I’m back. It’s been several months since my last post, but things have been particularly hectic, and I haven’t really had any original thoughts beyond the usual ranting about what is going on in the world, which, although they are different events, all lead to the same conclusion: a lot of stuff really sucks […]

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What do we do now?

Many of us who actually accept science as factual and not some fairy tale made up by the Chinese, have been worried about the climate changing and the fact that the United States government, at least, is actually working against improving it. We fear a long, slow death of the planet, leaving nothing for future […]

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You be you.

Every once in a while, my daughter will talk to me about something she doesn’t agree with that her peers do or something she sees that she doesn’t like, and she worries about friends and connections to people, like any normal teenager. She tries dying her hair once in a while. She wears different styles […]

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Show me the hope

There are times I wonder what is truly important in this world. I think about this not just to try and fight my depression, which is a constant battle that I seem to be losing lately, but also to raise my daughter properly. She is a teenager now and starting to really think about the world […]

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