Why Black Lives Matter and “All Lives Matter” is Offensive

Okay, let’s step in that bear trap. All I ask is that you actually read my argument before you leave nasty responses. I’ve decided that to remain silent and complacent is to remain complicit. Black Lives Matter is a way of saying, “enough already, the lives of our children count and should not be disregarded.”Continue reading “Why Black Lives Matter and “All Lives Matter” is Offensive”

From One Teacher to Politicians

I’m currently at the National Science Teacher’s Association Conference in Nashville. Yeah, I actually went to conference sessions all day! I just saw a wonderfully inspiring presentation from a school that is doing an amazing curriculum fostering holistic thinking, problem solving, and deep connections between science, social studies, and literature. They build curriculum around months-longContinue reading “From One Teacher to Politicians”

Anger, Fear, Politics, Steinbeck, Springsteen, and Jesus

Anger and fear. These seem to be the defining terms for our nation at this time. Everyone seems to have something to be angry about. Those without are angry with their lack of opportunity—perceived or real. Those with are angry at…well, I’m not sure at what. If you’ve got a belly full of food, aContinue reading “Anger, Fear, Politics, Steinbeck, Springsteen, and Jesus”

This is the Beginning–From “I” to “We”

I’m wrestling with something I read in Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath this morning. He writes: The Western Land, nervous under the beginning change. The Western States, nervous as horses before a thunder storm. The great owners, nervous, sensing a change, knowing nothing of the nature of the change. The great owners, striking at the immediateContinue reading “This is the Beginning–From “I” to “We””

Anniversary of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity and Presidential Politics

Today is the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. I’m sure somewhere today I will read, see on TV, or hear on the radio (public radio anyway) about this and also about the importance of science education. They will probably use the acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math). In a previous blogContinue reading “Anniversary of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity and Presidential Politics”

Trust and Gratitude, Teaching, and Church Shootings

Trust and gratitude go together. When you have gratitude toward someone or something then you also have trust in it. It is worth asking ourselves on a regular basis what we are grateful for. In what do we trust? I write this (the first draft anyway) while in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in NorthernContinue reading “Trust and Gratitude, Teaching, and Church Shootings”