Waiting for Irma: September 10, 2017

My grandmother, Evelyn Schiller, sits in her small apartment in Sarasota, Florida, waiting for a category-4 hurricane to arrive. She turned 94 last week, and resides in an assisted living facility, where she spends most of her time since she does not walk well anymore. She dines with the other residents each day and night, … Continue reading Waiting for Irma: September 10, 2017

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Fireworks, Cacophony, Hendrix, and the New Patriotism of Future National Holidays

My dad, my brother and I used to sit in our backyard after it got dark on the 4th of July and watch the fireworks. We lived at the top of a hill in a small, rural town in upstate New York, overlooking a forest that tumbled down a steep hill toward the rest of … Continue reading Fireworks, Cacophony, Hendrix, and the New Patriotism of Future National Holidays

New York City Educational Reform, Then and Now: Charter Schools, Community Control, and the Strike of 1968

Over the past month, I've been subbing in charter schools in New York City and writing about the experience. This longer, culminating essay is a messy attempt at historicizing present-day charter school reform, with a discussion of a completely different kind of reform that was briefly on the table in the late 1960s.  ***** Bird’s-Eye … Continue reading New York City Educational Reform, Then and Now: Charter Schools, Community Control, and the Strike of 1968

Law and Order, Chaos, and the Attempted Force-Feeding of Presidential Antics to Intelligent Children in a Time of State-Sanctioned Terror

Dean of Students: "Did you finish your work?" Student: Dean: "So why are you acting a fool right now?" Student: "Because my name is Trump." *** The 5th grade teacher's lesson plan began with instructions for me to stream the "CNN 10" -- the "news in ten minutes" on cnn.com. Then we would discuss what we … Continue reading Law and Order, Chaos, and the Attempted Force-Feeding of Presidential Antics to Intelligent Children in a Time of State-Sanctioned Terror