Warning: This Post May Cause Uncertainty

I’ve been thinking about the “trigger warning” phenomenon that’s rising. It has already risen in colleges and universities and is sure to become relevant to secondary schools. As an example, according to an April 14th Inside Higher Ed article titled “Trigger Unhappy” by Colleen Flaherty, Oberlin College faculty were advised to “be aware of racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism… and […]

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Recursion

Today, while visiting with a student just home from college, I realized that I was doing the same thing, slightly altered, that I have been doing for nearly 20 years. There I was, sitting down with a young person who was no longer in my class, not to mention my school, who took time out […]

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Winter Dreams

When I was little, I looked forward to the winter holidays because that was when I would receive the year’s award winning picture books wrapped in shiny paper. On the title page of each, my mother wrote the date and a simple, loving wish for me in her unique handwriting. What she wished for me […]

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The Weight of Monday

Today I learned that the Monday before winter exams feels… heavy. The weight of today was the result of a lot of gathering things: rain in a dark sky; hours to be spent in review;  the impending shift from questions to answers;  grades to be tallied and recorded; indelible records of achievement soon to be committed […]

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