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Friday, June 28th, 2013

The Vietnam syndrome

Regarding Iraq and Afghanistan, are we telling ourselves — and believing — the same false story we told in 1975?Former CIA operative Frank Snepp reflects on the military and strategic failures of the Vietnam War and how current U.S. policy is repeating those same mistakes in Iraq and Afghanistan today.Our work at Peace Works Travel is to take students on… [Read Full Article]
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Monday, June 24th, 2013

The Dog Wore Black

A Teacher’s Rant on Current Events as Polite Conversation I’m lucky: as a teacher, I get to think and read and talk for a living. Talking about controversial things is one of the luxuries we enjoy in a democracy. I’ve been told it’s impolite – or worse, “bad for small business”-- to discuss current events about which reasonable minds can differ.… [Read Full Article]
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Saturday, June 15th, 2013

The Case for Skipping Class

What do America’s schools have against travel?In Darien, Connecticut, the public high schools’ attendance policy warns: “Inexpensive airfares are not an excuse for extended student vacations.” Fairfax County, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C., also discourages absences for family trips, and at least one of the county’s high schools, Annandale, seems to have an outright travel ban. “Family trips and… [Read Full Article]
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Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

A Teacher’s Rant on the Fourth Amendment and War

I experienced a strange confluence of public, historical and personal events last week:I was asked to lecture at student film project about How and Why the Holocaust Happened. International newspapers revealed that some “inalienable rights” – expectations of privacy -- for the American citizenry are in fact alienable on a federal scale. A few students graduating from Laguna Blanca School… [Read Full Article]
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Monday, June 10th, 2013

At White House, liberal hawks ascend

The elevation of Susan Rice as national security advisor and Samantha Power as U.N. envoy hints at a foreign policy fight.With his decision to elevate Susan Rice to become his national security advisor and the nomination of Samantha Power as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, President Obama is not simply rewarding the loyalty of two women who have backed… [Read Full Article]
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