Thursday, January 25, 2007

Photo of the Week

This is Dennis Shikwambi, my best friend while I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia. In this photo Dennis said he was going to dress like a "black American." I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia from January, 1998 to December, 1999.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Links of the Week

Great article on George Bush from the 2000 election titled "The Accidental Candidate."

After retiring from the NBA David Robinson started a school.

I'd never heard of Ramsey Clark before, but he is now one of my heroes. I've never read an article that comes closer to articulating my own personal beliefs about morality and the world. Who is Ramsey Clark? He is a former Attorney General of the United States. He also served as Saddam Hussein's lawyer... Here's the article.

The Socialist Senator.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Teacher Spotlight

First-Year Melissa Smith on the ups and downs of being in the Mississippi Teacher Corps:

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Teacher Spotlight

First-Year Holly Dausen on the ups and downs of being in the Mississippi Teacher Corps:

Teacher Spotlight

First-Year Aaron Madson on the ups and downs of being in the Mississippi Teacher Corps:

Photo of the Week

This is Manassah, one of my favorite students from Namibia. I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia from January, 1998 to December, 1999.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Teacher Spotlight

First-Year Michael Gallagher on the ups and downs of the Mississippi Teacher Corps:

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Quote of the Week

MLK on Violence:

Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Links of the Week

A security officer in Greenwood pulled a gun on a student. Photos here.

How to cover Jason Kidd's divorce.

Why a higher minimum wage is a good idea.

Young Democrats in Mississippi oppose an state-wide increase in the minimum wage.

Great story of a school that chose education over athletics.

Life at $7.25 an hour.

Vintage photos of America.

Why marijuana is illegal.

Friday, January 12, 2007

The Minimum Wage

Raising the minimum wage has been getting lots of press lately. Here are some articles I found especially interesting:

Life at $7.25 an hour. And at $6.50 an hour.

Why a higher minimum wage is a good idea.

Young Democrats in Mississippi oppose an state-wide increase in the minimum wage.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Photo of the Week

This is Ndapewa, the daughter (yes, this is a girl) of one of the workers at the Andreas Kurkuri Center in Namibia, where we did all of our initial Peace Corps training.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Quote of the Week

I've decided to change the Tuesday post from "List of the Week" to "Quote of the Week." So, inaugural Quote of the Week goes to Mr. Upton Sinclair:

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."

Monday, January 08, 2007

Links of the Week

A brief (and entertaining) history of American politics.

Great interview with David Simon, creator of The Wire, the highest achievement of film/TV that currently exists.

What is it like being a middle school girl? First Paragraph: Morning brings the invitations. The casual ones. So routine are they that she hardly thinks about them, just waves them away like gnats. Today, for example, a boy came up to her in the hall and asked, "When are you going to let me hit that?" "That means, like, intercourse," the girl explains, with a sort of gum-popping matter-of-factness. She is 13.

High School Principal gets in a fight with one of his students.

Photo of Michael Jordan's house.

Think like a genius.

Best education blogs.

From Father to Son...

Dear son, Charles wrote on the last page of the journal, “I hope this book is somewhat helpful to you. Please forgive me for the poor handwriting and grammar. I tried to finish this book before I was deployed to Iraq. It has to be something special to you. I’ve been writing it in the states, Kuwait and Iraq.

Interview with a former Seventh-Day Adventist on Creationism.

The Barbershop Awards.

Here's an interesting question: Why are America's institutions of higher learning also operating semi-professional sports franchises?

How does Google hire employees?

How do you really know someone? Along the same lines, a teacher in Jackson has been charged with murder.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Quotes from George Orwell

War is a way of shattering to pieces... materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable and... too intelligent.

War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.

The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.

All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.

Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Photo of the Week

This is a photo of Otiile Hashongo, one of my students during my first year as a Peace Corps Volunteer and secondary school teacher in Namibia.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Links of the Week

Death Penalty by country.

Is teleportation possible?

25% of Americans anticipate the second coming of Jesus in 2007.

Article in the Washington Post. Here's a quote:
Once, they were young men, living in the South, raised by a black community that provided love and sustained attention.

Oprah goes to school.

Can you move out of poverty?