Category Archives: Columbine

One teacher’s thoughts and observations.

Yes, More on White Privilege

I have vacillated between “there is enough blathering about race from people who haven’t really given it any thought, so there’s no need for me to add to the cacophony,” to “there is enough thoughtful commentary about race from thoughtful … Continue reading

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April

I have said in various ways at various times that one of the things I remember most right after the shootings was an intense desire to talk to someone else who’d been through it—someone from Jonesboro or West Paducah, one … Continue reading

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Sue Klebold on 20/20

It’s the end of a 4-day weekend, and the wind is blowing so hard that I know it’s not safe to be out and about, so what do I do? Watch Sue Klebold’s interview with Diane Sawyer. I have never … Continue reading

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Be fused and mingle, Diverse yet single…

I understand deep emotions and heated conflict over politics and social issues. I have those deep feelings, myself, and I engage in discourse with passion. I guess I prefer such heated emotions to apathy, which is the response that brings … Continue reading

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Truth Will Out

Somewhere around 10 or 10:30 at night on April 20, 1999, I got a phone call from a reporter.  I can’t remember whether it was the Denver Post or Rocky Mountain News.  It doesn’t really matter. I was watching TV, … Continue reading

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Anticipation…

As you may have noticed, I blog a lot about the Jeffco school board—the politics, the lack of respect for teacher and community input.  Sometimes, though, I think it’s best just to give readers insight into me, my classroom, what … Continue reading

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For Sandy Hook, Again

It’s cold and snowing, and I am wearing my Sandy Hook sweatshirt, so my mind is taken back to my friends in Connecticut. The weather is changing, and Christmas commercials are coming on TV.  Carols are playing in stores and … Continue reading

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My Letter to Dan McMinimee, Superintendent Jefferson County Public Schools

Dear Mr. McMinimee: A lot has happened since we met at Jefferson Unitarian Church this past summer.  At that time, you asked that we not look back at Douglas County and that you be judged by what you do here … Continue reading

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Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, but Sometimes Words May Heal Me (Redux)

At church, one of our ministers talked about reminding troubled students who they really are, and she told about dealing with a trio of trouble-makers by reminding them of the best about themselves.  In the end, it did more than … Continue reading

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To Sandy Hook for a Difficult Day

I’ve known for a few days what I wanted to write here for my friends in Sandy Hook.  Then today Arapahoe tasted this experience.  I know that it made things even harder for my friends in Newtown.  It scared up … Continue reading

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