Dave Powell

Social Studies

Happy Birthday, America; Let’s Celebrate With Some Protest Songs

Most people know Woody Guthrie as the author of the song that’s often called our second national anthem, “This Land Is Your Land.” Not everyone knows that it’s a protest song. In the winter of 1940, Guthrie was hitchhiking his way east to New York City at the invitation of Will Geer, an actor best […]

Processing the Triumph of Trump

Well, folks, I’ve completed most of my journey through DABDA. No, that’s not some secretive big government initiative designed to reprogram me. Those are the stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. Really, I’m through DABD. Acceptance seems unlikely to happen any time soon, if ever. Why am I grieving? It’s not just […]

The Character Education We Need

I should probably stop short of saying this will be the last thing I have to say about grit—never say never—but I think this will be the last thing I have to say about grit. Maybe. In response to my last post, a commenter, “thespecialeducator,” presented a scenario. In it, a student says he doesn’t […]

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