Second Semester

Hey everybody,

We are about to start semester two (Spring 2017). Some of you will be graduating while some heading into their senior year. All of you will have exciting new adventures during 2017. What plans to you have to better the person you are this year? Is there something you will read, study, try for the first time, or investigate this year? What new approach to learning and/or school will you commit to this semester? What new classes are you looking forward to? How will you finish this school year strong?

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Indians Fever

With the Indians or the Cubs on the verge of breaking long droughts without championships, this year’s World Series has been a clash of losers from the past. Both teams have proven themselves to be the top teams this year and one will be champions for the first time since 1948 (the Tribe) or 1908 (Chicago). Check out these websites and then reflect on the following questions: What does a victory mean to these cities? What does baseball mean to US history? Has the history of the two teams created more enthusiasm? Do fans watch the games anticipating their team to fail in the end?

Historic Perspective

Cleveland

Chicago

PBS

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Talking to Your Brothers Killer

On the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11 an amateur film maker discusses a phone call between a man and the murderer of his brother. Listen to the story on “The World” radio program form NPR on 9/23/16. It is a story of rage, sorrow, mistaken identity, ignorance, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Please share you thoughts.

The World

I have added this addendum to the story from The World. Story Corps is a collection of tails about life that NPR and other sources have been collecting for almost two decades. The conversation that aired this morning will tear at you heart. Check it out and comment.

StoryCorps

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Contest Opportunities

Here are links to a few contest and awards opportunities that I have found lately.

StudentCam

BRI essay contest

JFK Profiles in Courage

Fed creative writing contest

CEE Video Contest

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Immigration Policy

On Tuesday, September 7 all my classes will be discussing immigration policy. For some classes it will be a new topic and not necessarily related to our regular curriculum. For some classes it is very closely related and will enhance previous and future material covered in your course. Those of you who would like to investigate and comment further on this topic please use the following links and add your comment below.

Immigration Point-Based Systems

PPT slides of stats

NPR coverage of immigration

PBS coverage of immigration

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Welcome

Hey everyone,

I hope you have had a great summer and are ready for an outstanding school year. I am glad to have you in my class. I hope you will find it interesting and challenging.

Thanks for using my website.

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Have great summer!

No more bonus blogs for the year. Study for your exams and then enjoy your break.

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World Water Crisis

Some have stated that water is the next great resource that nations will fight to the death over. Some have recognized the water crisis that effects poor communities around the world, while some have challenged the policies that threaten rights to clean, cheap, public water. Watch the videos below then comment on this most fundamental need.

charity: water

one global

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Wage Disparity

As a result of our class discussions of women in the workplace, affirmative action policies, union membership, and education inflation, I thought of one more “in the news” topic that would be good to explore – wage gaps between the richest and poorest workers in America. Take a look at the links below then comment on this critical conversation.

New York Times

Pew Research Center

CNN Money

PBS Newshour

NPR

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And the Race Begins…

…in Iowa!? Why there? Then to New Hampshire? and South Carolina? This is crazy. When does Ohio get to decide? Why does DC wait until the middle of June? Will it even matter by then? Use this blog to discuss predictions, favorites, outcomes, and surprises about this year’s unique presidential election season.

Election Schedule

Washington Week

Newshour

Student Daily News

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