Unfinished thoughts on real change for real humans

I went on a blind date last night and almost immediately started talking about the likelihood of the Democrats taking back the House of Representatives in 2018. This is the kind of person I've become these days: boringly political, singleminded, and lacking creativity in connecting with people about the things I used to love. My richest conversations … Continue reading Unfinished thoughts on real change for real humans

Promising candidates to replace Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos is less qualified for Secretary of Education than most of the students I've taught over the past eight years. I've worked in elementary schools, high schools and colleges, and I would take almost every single one of the young people I've met over DeVos. Here are some of the individuals I'm thinking of who I would … Continue reading Promising candidates to replace Betsy DeVos

“We Are All America’s Team”: The Politics of Symbolism and the Repetitive History of a Dumb, Pointless Game

Tonight some 100 million U.S. screens are tuning in to watch Super Bowl 51 while I sit alone in my apartment with a cup of peach tea and some French bread that I baked and my pile of library books which include exciting titles like "Origins of the Urban Crisis" and "Making Sense of Qualitative Data." It … Continue reading “We Are All America’s Team”: The Politics of Symbolism and the Repetitive History of a Dumb, Pointless Game

Reflections on a march that moved like molasses and smelled suspiciously like freedom

I participated in two marches last weekend. The first began at City Hall on Friday evening after dusk, in the rain. As I walked through the bottom of Chinatown toward the Financial District I passed by the Manhattan Detention Complex, aka The Tombs, where every day buses full of New Yorkers are shipped, booked and locked up … Continue reading Reflections on a march that moved like molasses and smelled suspiciously like freedom