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The Freedom of Friendship: A Birthday Thank You

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One mental exercise I like to play with my students every so often is to ask them to consider the plight of human existence in the form of this hypothetical question: How many people living in the world, right now, are able to reasonably enjoy FDR’s “Four Freedoms”—of speech, of ...

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All Those Mothers Days

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When I was a very little boy I remember throwing a tantrum, begging my mom to take me for a “drive.” This was sometime in the early 1970’s, and mom was barely in her 20’s. Dad was away, probably at work, and mom—bare feet and all—rolled her eyes, trundled me ...

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Our Moment is Now: A Great Night in Fountain Square

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by Donovan Wheeler Every time I’ve been to Fountain Square (and granted I haven’t been there very many times) I experience this pseudo-time-travel feeling where I no longer feel like I’m sitting in a Mexican-themed taco bar. Instead I’m hunkered down in a post-war café, and rather than sipping on ...

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Scarecrow at 30: More Relevant Than Ever

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by Donovan Wheeler I didn’t much like John Mellencamp’s Scarecrow when it debuted in 1985. At the time, I was a high school junior who had just landed my driver’s license, desperate to shake off everything which had defined me to that point. I spent the first twelve years of ...

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The Missed Opportunity of Education Reform

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The last five years of educational infighting in Indiana have created two opposing sides. Lost in that fight was a chance to actually FIX some of the problems which really did exist. And none of those problems were the same from one town to the next.

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Good Vibrations on Aisle 9

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Having a child under the age of two means changing diapers, and I, my friend, am an expert at changing diapers. I approach it like working the pits in a NASCAR race. It’s not the limelight, but a quick, precision change can get your baby back in the race without ...

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How to Be an English Teacher: Part One—Teaching Writing

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How too to Be an English Teacher: Part One—Teaching Writing —–Tired of the same old routine? Ready for a career change? I have two words for you: English teacher. Old, worn-out English teachers are leaving the profession in droves as the landscape of education changes. Job opportunities abound as these ...

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