Monday, September 22, 2008

This Land is Their Land

Barbara Enhrenriech has written a book that has excellent examples of changing power structures within the United States that have been in place or the past 30yrs. The book is rich in satire and often times is "in your face" about many of the same topics I discuss in my book. Great Read. Short narratives that belong in many classrooms.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Hopes and Dreams Barack Obama

Read the book and examine the media and what is reported. It some strange way, whether on purpose or by accident, it seems to me that Senator Obama almost anticipated the attacks on his character. There is an audacity to hope when examining our media. A must read for anyone hoping to learn more about the Senator.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Nobody Nowhere

A truly powerful book about the world of Autism written by Donna Williams who is autistic herself. An amazing story that offers insight into how her world was dramatically different than the world she lived in. This book offers valuable evidence of how communication through words and actions can be misinterpreted as a behavior problem by the parents and the outside world. Donna has a website for parents dealing with autism and offers assistance for all developmental disabilities.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

The God Delusion

I absolutely loved this book. To be brief, the author tackles the toughest question that theologians would never want their flock to ask. For example, should we ask ourselves if humans invented God or did God create humans. The reality of religion and war and how they work hand in hand to create conflict. The book challenges the toughest reality of all. What if we had no religion at all? In this post 9/11 society, we not only have to examine jihad extremists, we have to examine all extremism.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

America - Citizen Guide to Democracy Inaction

A very clever book written by Jon Stewart and his friends of the Daily Show. This book is written using a high school history book layout and design which serves as a bitter irony to how biased history textbooks are. I am not sure everyone will get the educational humor regarding the context of how the book is setup. The book satirizes every aspect of a modern day history book. Not many people who have been out of school for awhile may get the layout of the book unless they have a student in high school.
The book is not for younger siblings, so make sure you keep the book secure in your house. I would recommend the book for those who like the Daily Show, irreverent humor, and political satire. A must read for teachers(past, present, and future), current students in high school and college, and parents.

Monday, January 7, 2008

The Monsters are Due on Maple Street

I could not help myself and recommend my all time favorite story by Rod Serling. In our Post 9/11 society, Serling's story provides a valuable warning of the tools of conquest. I wish classrooms across the country would rediscover the works of Rod Serling. I will end with a quote from the story that has resonated with my for 25 years now.

The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts... attitudes... prejudices. To be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill, and suspicion can destroy, and the thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own for the children, and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to The Twilight Zone.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

The Tunnels of Cu Chi

This is a book I read years ago that strikes me as a timeless lesson of the resilience of people who are oppressed by imperialist aggression. A few years ago, President Bush told the American People, "Mission Accomplished." What the tunnels of Cu Chi can teach us about war is that "Mission Accomplished." is never that easy.
When we think about the campaign of suicide bombings in Iraq and Afghanistan, this is a reminder of the tunnels of Cu Chi. While our brave military men and women fight the war, they again have been placed in a hostile environment in which the enemy believes in fighting an invading country with primitive strategies that are meant to outlast an superior opponent.
I invite you to read the Tunnels of Cu Chi and learn from our history in Vietnam to broaden our understanding of modern warfare.