Curing Educational Amnesia With A Meaningful High School Diploma

January 18, 2018

Much of the education debate is over what knowledge is most important and who is best qualified to teach it to our secondary students, grades six through twelve.  A few years back, my state of Washington decided to re-examine graduation requirements and high school diplomas and chose meaningful as the one word to describe the…

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Executive Order 13769

December 8, 2017

Immigration is complicated. Suffering is not. I’m a student with more questions than answers on issues of immigration and terrorism. But I know enough to know that the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment prohibits the government from favoring or disfavoring one religion among others, and that’s precisely what President Trump’s Muslim ban does. The…

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Syvia Siegel, 1921-2017

November 21, 2017

November 19, 2017 My mother, Syvia Siegel, died on Tuesday, November 14. She was 95.917 years old and would have been 96 on December 19th. As is the Jewish way, we buried her as soon as was feasible, in her case less than 60 hours after her passing. The rabbi at Congregation Beth Jacob in…

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Katniss Everdeen and Michael Bennett: Separated at Birth?

September 16, 2017

This is about the sports-industrial complex, not about sports. You may be someone who loves watching the games and are a sports fan. You may be someone who almost never watches professional sports, but care deeply about the progress of our nation. You may be both. In all cases, I am writing to you. The…

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A Disruptive Play Podcast . . . Something’s Coming!

August 4, 2017

A conversation about Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture (2018) . Play champion Kara Fortier allowed me to cast my pod in her direction and we got to talking about it on her Playgrounding website. The Trickster Consciousness in a Polarized World

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June Music: What Do You Think I Am, Some Kind Of Idiom?

June 26, 2017

Photo: Pharoah Sanders (1981) by Wojciech Soporek June 20-25, five shows in six days. Let’s save the best for the first, on Tuesday, June 20th Pharrell ‘Pharoah’ Sanders, one of the last titans of jazz still with us, concluded a three-day run at Seattle’s Triple Door dinner club. At 76, he continues the journey that…

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