Category Archives: letters home

If we want change we have to step forward

The Bad Ass Teachers Association is converging on Washington DC. Because We want kids to have a chance at childhood We want kids to have a chance to learn in their own way We want to push back standardized testing … Continue reading

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Hey You Are the Boss of All That Stuff

You Are the Boss. Finding your voice is probably the most important thing you can ever do. Ever. I passed by the old Pacific Oaks campus on my way to the pool this morning. I remembered walking the walk on graduation … Continue reading

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In Search of Community…

Six weeks on the road is behind me.  In those weeks I saw tear jerking beauty as well as devastating ugliness. I met all kinds of sizes, shapes, ages and flavors of people. I visited schools. I talked with educators. … Continue reading

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The Gulf …fresh blue to gritty city

will be in New Mexico tonight…roaring home

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a sense of place at the house of dance and feathers

“Colorful History Documented Mardi Gras Indian S&P Club Cultural Education Center Ronald W. Lewis Director” In the Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, lives a man whose life is dedicated to preserving a culture that could have been washed away by … Continue reading

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met a man in mississipi….

While sitting at breakfast with my friend, a man at an adjacent table asked us where we were on vacation from because he thought our speech was quite different and knew we were not locals. I told him a little … Continue reading

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change came to the real world…..

Alabama. An interestingly beautiful place. Along with other areas of the South, it is emblematic of White supremacy at its most brutal. Slavery, lynching, bombing, Ku Klux Klan activities, Jim Crow…segregation… But what is not often understood about the South … Continue reading

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all kinds of changes

Alabama morning, October 2013

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Dealing with the “real world”….

rocking chair circle at Highlander Visiting a variety of SOS* schools has uncovered thematic clues to their success…success meaning that they continue to survive in a world that consistently squeezes dreams out of your head, tells you that you are … Continue reading

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southern charm with biscuits and gravy

I am trying some gravy this morn as I write to you. I have been testing motel or restaurant breakfast versions and think I will have to continue my quest for perfection. Some gravies are runny…some are so salty and … Continue reading

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