E Pluribus Unum
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E Pluribus Unum

Democratic Interdependence in Schools E Pluribus Fragmenta My high school was built in the 1960s, during a time when “educational” architecture was particularly oppressive.  The three tan and gray, cubic buildings were connected by two window-lined bridges, which provided what was likely to be the only natural light that students would see between the hours … Continue reading

The Unexamined Life
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The Unexamined Life

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post or two, my school was partly founded in response to the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, after which Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools were required to comply with court-ordered remedies to segregation.  Seeking a better alternative for their children facing the impending challenges of desegregation, … Continue reading

Warriors Don’t Cry
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Warriors Don’t Cry

There is so much gut-wrenching tension, pain, anguish, torment, and hatred in Melba Pattillo Beals’s Warriors Don’t Cry (1994), that it can be easy to overlook the deep and abiding faith, strength, and optimism that holds the story (in fact, holds people’s entire lives) together.  Taken through young Melba’s day-to-day emotional roller coaster, it’s hard … Continue reading