Ms. Teaching and Mr. Learning are Holding Hands

Hi, as you may know, I was hired in Hamtramck, Michigan, as an English as a Second Language Teacher. I have about 85 “high level” English Language Learners on my caseload (from 4th to 8th grade). I travel every half hour to a different classroom. It’s an awesome job. While reflecting on the New Year,…

Who is a “republican Republican”?

Hi, much progress has been made on my dissertation. Here is an idea that didn’t make the grade: As an analogy, my neighbor Joe Gratis might have rallied our community to help pass a resolution of instruction as an expression of opposition to the Patriot Act. In this way, Joe gathered many people to activate…

Culture Research for Political Scientists

*Tacitus’s writings are known for their dense prose that seldom glosses the facts. He writes with brevity of description rather than embellishment (Wikipedia). If a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a picture on Culture Research for Political Scientists….considering something Tacitus might say. ******** ** Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus (/ˈtæsɨtəs/; Classical Latin: [ˈtakɪtʊs]; c. AD 56 –…

“Course Pack” for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Course

If I were Teaching a Course on Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, I would use the open resources on this blog for “supplemental reading.” An integrated study of philosophy, politics, and economics is often complex, and my posts are designed to breakdown conceptualizations in the literature for the benefit of the reader. Today, a great river divides the mountains of…

Review for American Politics Comp. Exams

  AMERICAN POLITICS comp exam prep. time… Interest Groups: Pipes and Flutes for Interest Groups Interest Groups Maim the Median Voter An Interest Group Walks into a Comp. Exam Participation: Democracy Doubts Citizens, But Then Lets Go. Democracy: By Huh? and Duh? Why Americans Don’t Vote Beyond Socioeconomic Status (SES) The American Voter, then. Divided Government Means Lower Voter Turnout Federalism: Block-Republicans, Categorical-Democrats? E.E. Schattschneider’s “scope…