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Posts Tagged ‘school

All Hell!

November 23, 2014

“I rolled the heavy iron gate closed behind me, locked up the property, and drove off, utterly unaware of the world-reaching calamity that was brewing less than a quarter mile away. . . .” A #Ferguson Story, Continued I ignored the notifications from my cell phone that Sunday morning. After all, I would be answering […]

The Last Days of Summer

November 22, 2014

The roar of sirens was among the everyday distractions at our school, an alternative education facility housed in a commercial property along busy West Florissant Avenue.           Our program had a long-standing practice of meeting with all students and their families when they enrolled with us. I had come in on a Saturday to accommodate […]

Charleton Heston’s Cold Dead Hands

December 26, 2012

Sadly, the scourge of mass shootings has become a modern epidemic. Our emotions oscillate between extreme outrage and jaded cynicism with each successive occurrence. These tragedies dominate the conversations, social media postings and artistic output of many. Some of us clamor toward media outlets hungry for answers. Others attend vigils and pray. Many simply avoid […]

Two Days, Two Worlds, Two Graduations, Part III: Tomorrow Isn’t Promised

June 3, 2012

“Tomorrow isn’t promised,” a student once told me as I pleaded with him to take his education more seriously. The student, Thomas, lived in a housing project with his mother, who was widowed after Thomas Sr. was shot at the neighborhood KFC.

Two Days, Two Worlds, Two Graduations, Part II: The Graduation Biz

June 1, 2012

A former school board member once described our graduations as . . . grasping for a euphemism . . . “spirited.”

Two Days, Two Worlds, Two Graduations, Part I: The Promise

May 31, 2012

Dec. 7, 2001: On the last day of my student teaching assignment, I said farewell to the 2nd grade class with which I was initiated into the profession. “I expect all of you to graduate from high school,” I told them.             “Mr. C,” one of the boys asked, “are you coming to my graduation?” […]

Darby’s Grave

November 23, 2011

There is nothing more heartwrenching than a funeral for a child.

The Tea Party Ruse

January 12, 2011

“He said we couldn’t do any more activities for the rest of the year. And he kept coming back all day long and screaming at her,” Bernie shrieked.

Infamy and Irony

December 7, 2010

I frequently remind the teachers I supervise of my plight as a teen. Sure I had more than my share of issues that got in my way; nevertheless, I was permitted to fall through the cracks without a second thought. It is my belief that if all of my teachers had invested five minutes per week in me, I would have graduated from high school.

The Great Obituary Hoax

December 6, 2010

Being a journalism major, I was pleased with my newswriting course because it was the only class I had up to that point that had anything to do with journalism. Like most college students, I had been forced to muddle through years of general ed courses before being afforded the privilege of studying what it […]