Let Them Eat Cake: How Teachers Can Resist Banned Words

Used with permission from Susan DuFresne Let Them Eat Cake: How Teachers Can Resist Banned Words Words never uttered can be extremely significant. Often the perception of words said (or unsaid) carry more importance than truth. In October of 1789, Marie Antoinette did not look down at the swarming hordes of fishmonger women storming the Palace on Versailles and... Continue Reading →

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What if we forget? Teaching September 11, 2001, as a history lesson.

Many of my current sophomores were not alive on the day the world stopped turning. September 11, 2017, marked the sixteen-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Most sophomores are fifteen-years-old — these adolescents are the post-911 generation. They know no other reality than the war on terror. And yet, they really... Continue Reading →

I was born on 9/11/2001…

It’s Monday, January 3o, 2017, in America. I ask the students sitting in front of me if they have any questions about current events. I preface it with my usual ground rules: a) we will be respectful; b) we will try to see many perspectives; c) we do not have to agree with one another,... Continue Reading →

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