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Smithsonian Snapshot – Amelia Earhart’s Transatlantic Record Airplane: A Lockheed Vega 5B. 1932.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, this week’s Snapshot highlights Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Vega 5B—the very plane she flew when she became the first woman to fly nonstop and solo across the Atlantic Ocean. On May 20 – 21, 1932, … Continue reading

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Has Obama Betrayed Educators and Teacher Unions?

The headlines recently stated: “Obama calls for less standardized testing” and “Obama says too much testing makes education boring”. Yet No Child Left Behind legislation that mandates all the standardized testing is still in place! Not sure where I am … Continue reading

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“Agitate + Aggravate + Educate + Organize”

Had a reader point me to the NEA (National Education Association) website this morning. (As a public school teacher I can’t tweet, blog, facebook, at all hours of the day unlike some on here! I have to teach 32+ students … Continue reading

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Taking Teachers and Teacher Unions to Task

The new civility on display in Madison, Wisconsin has given me as a teacher pause. As a teacher I have to be held to the utmost level of integrity, do I not? I spend 8 hours a day with other … Continue reading

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How will the Recent Unrest in Wisconsin be Remembered?

President Obama, after winning the White House in 2008 proclaimed that “Elections have consequences.” But perhaps we should place an asterisk there and add “Democratic victories only” have consequences. Wisconsin elected a Republican and he is doing what Republicans do. … Continue reading

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Isolationism, The Myth of the Founders?

With so much talk recently of the United States’s involvement in the Middle East and how it violates our Founding principle of “isolation,” I had an interesting discussion recently with my students concerning the historical theme “Isolationism.” The debate centered … Continue reading

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Was Keith Olbermann Right? Civil War Nothing to Celebrate!

I remember back in November (busy time of year for me and didn’t get a chance to discuss it) when former MSNBC host of The Countdown with Keith Olbermann, proposed the question, Why would the any state want to celebrate … Continue reading

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Shopping in the Social Justice Store!

Ever wonder what you can purchase in a store dedicated to “Social Justice”? Let’s take a look! There’s actually some really nice things that you can purchase: “The medieval feminist,” Joan of Arc. T-shirt, coffee mug, water jug, lots of … Continue reading

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Civil War Reenactment Gone Too Far?

This past weekend in St. Louis a special Civil War Reenactment took place on the steps of the Old State House, only it was not your typical gun smoking affair. This time a group of historians and local residents reenacted … Continue reading

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Rethinking Advanced Placement United States History

Apparently not just my school district is rethinking how to use and present A.P.U.S.H, but the college board has as well. As some of you know I was told recently that “scores do not matter,” that the goal now is … Continue reading

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