What Should We Talk About?

My favorite part of teaching was sharing evocative passages, affecting scenes, meaningful lyrics and innovative ideas with my students. We’d read, watch and listen to them, then think, talk and write about them.


It kept me from the curriculum. But then I’d think, Why isn’t this the curriculum? This is what kids need to learn! For example, after watching the scene where Tom Hanks scolds Geena Davis in A League of Their Own,


“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great!”


I’d share it with students and explain why I showed it to them. And now I’m sharing passages, scenes, lyrics and ideas with you with the goal of getting a thought-provoking, life-enhancing conversation going.

October 21, 2012

When the great Andrew Young was nine, he got to hear the great Thurgood Marshall speak. It transformed his life. Young couldn’t believe how handsome, smart and eloquent Marshall was. “I never heard a brother talk like that!” Young told us at the Oakland Marriott Saturday night.

The rest is history....

October 10, 2012

Isn't this what we should all strive to do? Inject something positive to conquer fight the hate? We may not be on a Bob Marley level, but don't we all have something we can contribute? "Light up the darkness." Love that.

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