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A New York Times piece from July 2009 entitled Cronkite’s Signature: Approachable Authority is truly remarkable.  It’s not remarkable because of the content. The information and insight into Walter Cronkite is interesting but hardly groundbreaking or revelatory.  And it’s not remarkable because of the writing style or particular assemblage of words. It’s well written and effective…

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Protip: If you’re using The Bible to justify your opposition to gay marriage, please don’t forget to declare your disobedient, stubborn, and/or rebellious son a “drunkard and a glutton” and have him stoned to death for his behavior.  Deuteronomy 21:18-21

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Want to know how much I hate meetings? In August of 1999, I began my teaching career. Each school year starts off with a series of meetings a couple days before the kids arrive that may be absolutely necessary but are still excruciating because I hate meetings. As I prepared to attend this first of…

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My daughter was working on her math homework last night. Side note: First graders should not have homework. The research is exceedingly clear and unequivocal in this regard. Homework is meaningless and possibly detrimental to students until at least middle school. Many elementary schools have already abandoned homework for this very reason. As a teacher, I…

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On Saturday, during my daughter’s dance recital, I was charged with keeping my son entertained during the hour-plus chasm between her first and second performances.  I took the hungry boy to CVS and told him that he could buy anything he wanted as a snack. He chose raisins despite my attempts to push him into Animal…

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