Author Archives: americanmagpie72

The Right to be Heard

On Thanksgiving it is traditional to list the things for which we give thanks: I am grateful to have been born into a family that valued learning and social justice above all else I am grateful to have married into … Continue reading

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Education is the Silver Bullet

… education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don’t need little changes, we need gigantic, monumental changes. Schools should be palaces. The competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be making six-figure salaries. Schools should … Continue reading

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Je ne sais pas si je suis Charlie

I have wrestled long and hard with my reactions to the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices – and my reactions to the responses I’ve seen and read. The pieces that I found (and I have not read exhaustively on … Continue reading

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What’s Your Tipping Point?*

In which I show that I am perfectly capable of holding two seemingly contradictory ideas… This post grew out of a dinnertime conversation about bullying, an on-line chat with a friend and former colleague and a personal struggle with my … Continue reading

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“She couldn’t have dressed up like Xena?”*

As is so often the case, I am sitting down to write this because of an intellectual – and emotional – conflict.  A few days ago I read this after a friend linked to it on Facebook. It is an … Continue reading

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Fourth of July Shortcake

It has been remarked that I have too many thoughts. And that I dwell overmuch in my own head.  This may be true, and truth be told I wouldn’t have it any other way. But just in case my last … Continue reading

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Memory, Patriotism and Independence

This post has been knocking around in my head, in an embryonic state, since Memorial Day and it seems fitting that today, on another “patriotic” holiday, I actually take the time to sit down and write it. Or, at the … Continue reading

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