Defending Teachers and Teaching

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Mark Naison: Every time I walk into a classroom, I am trying to do for my students what the best teachers I had did for me; to capture my imagination to such a degree that what went on in that class would be etched in my memory for life.

Revealing the Boogeyman

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Sheria Reid: The depth of depravity that feeds racism at this level counts on being able to stay in the shadows. They don’t want those of us who find their beliefs repulsive to see them.

The Trayvon Martin Case: A Lesson Still to Be Learned

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Walter Brasch: Mistrust and distrust, often fueled by the mass media with their own agendas, may lead some to irrationally believe that entire demographics of people — White, Black, Hispanic, gay, Jew, Muslim — may pose threats to their own safety, leading them to react as if the threats were real rather than imagined.

America Heads Back to the Future

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Randy Shaw: Many white Americans yearn for the days when racism was not “an issue.” White attitudes toward George Zimmerman’s actions confirm this.

Trayvon Is Everybody’s Son

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Carl Matthes: The President’s most personal message to the family – “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” – is a metaphor. Trayvon represents my son, your child. None of us want any unarmed child, who is walking home from the store while chatting on his cell phone to a girl friend, shot down under any circumstances.