Report from Louisiana: Fostering a Love of Reading

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- "What was the last book you read outside of school -- something you read just for fun?  And if you don't like to read, why not?" That was my First Five for my grade 10 ELA students one day last week. I've been doing a lot of reading and research … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Fostering a Love of Reading

The party of “the little guy” is the GOP

By John Ruberry I haven't read all of the thousands of John Podesta emails hacked by Wikileaks--has anyone yet?--but what I have read they betray a Democratic Party obsessed with two things: Money and power. Liberal writer Thomas Frank, in his second great (gasp!) Guardian column in less than a week, accurately portrays the modern Democratic Party: … Continue reading The party of “the little guy” is the GOP

Sons of Russia and of Africa

by baldilocks In honor of Pushkin's birthday, June 6. It is one of the ironies of life and history that Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (Russian: Алекса́ндр Серге́евич Пу́шкин)—a Russian man partially of African descent--is considered the founder of Russian literature. It is as though the influence of Other was meant to be added to a society … Continue reading Sons of Russia and of Africa