July 2016

What IS An 'Academic' or 'Historical' Argument? (And What Is It NOT?)

Argumentative WritingIn an academic context, argument isn't a bad thing at all. In fact, it's crazy beneficial. It's how science is supposed to work - great minds doing research and writing papers primarily so other great minds can criticize and question everything about them and explain why they're flawed or incomplete. It's our preferred format for difficult legal questions, whether determining the constitutionality of a company policy or trying to figure out if you actually stole that car before or after the body was stuffed in the trunk.

And it's how history and its interpretation(s) get sorted out. At least, that's how it's supposed to work...

How Power Confronts Dissent

Note: I’m writing this post in response to circumstances of which I’m a part, but it’s not really about me. I’m living the dream and daily thankful for the support of the #11FF and beyond. 

I confess that I’m developing a certain defensiveness, however, on behalf of others who have done far more good than myself and pay a greater ongoing price for daring to question power. If, after reading this, you wish to express dissent, please direct it to me. If you’re interested in offering support, please offer it to them. 

Writing With Brownies In A Box

TypingIf you ever want to have real fun, start talking about the 'correct' way to teach writing with any group of teachers. For serious fireworks, try it with AP History folks after you've all had a drink or two. Better you stick with safer, less provocative topics like abortion, religion, or the validity of comic books and superhero movies as cultural touchstones.

#OKElections16 Democratic Party Runoffs - House District 16

Statewide Primaries were Tuesday, June 28th. We’ve officially begun the process of choosing who'll be setting state edu-policy for the next 2 - 4 years.

For those of you just joining the fun, members of the State House of Representatives are elected every two years - just like at the national level, every single one of them are up for re-election (or not) every time. State Senators are elected every four years, meaning half are up for re-election (or not) each time.

#OKElections16 Republican Primary Runoffs - House District 8

Statewide Primaries were Tuesday, June 28th. We’ve officially begun the process of choosing who'll be setting state edu-policy for the next 2 - 4 years.

For those of you just joining the fun, members of the State House of Representatives are elected every two years - just like at the national level, every single one of them are up for re-election (or not) every time. State Senators are elected every four years, meaning half are up for re-election (or not) each time.

#OKElections16 Republican Primary Runoffs - Senate District 41

Statewide Primaries were Tuesday, June 28th. We’ve officially begun the process of choosing who'll be setting state edu-policy for the next 2 - 4 years.

For those of you just joining the fun, members of the State House of Representatives are elected every two years - just like at the national level, every single one of them are up for re-election (or not) every time. State Senators are elected every four years, meaning half are up for re-election (or not) each time.

Coronado's Letter ("What I AM Sure Of Is This...")

After Coronado gave up on the Seven Cities of Whatever, he penned a missive to the King summarizing his experiences and discoveries. Ask yourself what tone and intent are suggested by his choice of words nearly six centuries later. 

The full letter, a classroom edit, and printable versions can be found here

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