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Why is American education in crisis?

There are many reasons. I’ve come up with three very important ones for this, the last True Community article I’ll write. I’m taking a hiatus from writing weekly articles, and while I’ll continue to blog here on Liquid Ink, I hope to spend more time working on longer form essays that I might submit to other magazines.

Writing True Community was, if short lived, loads of fun, even if the topic of men’s education is often distressing. Thanks to all the people who supported the column and shared my articles on social media.

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I bought beer for my high school students

I admit it. The secret has been with me so long. I must finally reveal the truth. You’ve wondered what kind of person buys teenage boys beer? Look no further. I’m the guy.

Read the shocking truth here.

Photo by Bernt Rostad.

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The Guy With The Vulgar Shirt

I revised my take on the guy with the vulgar shirt for today’s True Community. Downtown Abbey fans will dig what I came up with.  Check it out here.


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Dead Poets Society

Back in March, I wrote this article regarding my love of Dead Poets Society, and I admit what an influence the film and Williams’ interpretation of Keating were on my teen years. They led to me becoming a teacher, and of taking the writing life seriously.

I’ll be publishing an article about Robin Williams in today’s True Community. I’m shocked, reading back, that I wrote the previous article as I did, contemplating the film’s lessons about mortality, in the same year that Williams would end his life. Fans of his work, and those moved as I am by his loss, will appreciate it. Please share.


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You have difficulties? What a relief!

This week’s True Community, my weekly column on education and men, is an introspective piece. I ended up feeling relief when I learned professors in England and the Continent were also facing poor standards and disinterested students. I wonder where this relief comes from and if it’s the appropriate response.

Hope you’ll check it out and share.


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Crazy stuff from a 4th grade teacher

I stumbled into a conversation with a 4th grade teacher (I’m still not convinced she actually was one…I hope she was lying) who told me that boys and men need to be left alone at school and college so that they’d learn independence. She said girls were easier to teach and therefore should receive more teaching.

I respond to this idea in this week’s True Community. Please read and share.

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Accepting success and admitting failure

The most difficult question a student ever asked me is the topic of this week’s True Community, my weekly column about men and education.

The article deals with questions virtually any middle class father and husband will face. How can we improve ourselves and our capacity to provide and father when self-improvement requires sacrifices of time and money, the two things we need to be effective fathers and providers?

Please read and share. Cheers.

 

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