Category Archives: Literature

What Would Lincoln Do?

This was a fascinating anecdote about the legend of Abraham Lincoln two generations after his death, as told by Tolstoy. Once while traveling in the Caucasus I happened to be the guest of a Caucasian chief of the Circassians, who, … Continue reading

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A Story of Monopoly and Regulation From Mark Twain

In his memoir Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain has an interesting anecdote about the emergence of a monopoly. This was when he was a young steamboat pilot. It started with the development of a union, to protect wages at … Continue reading

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The Four Major Curriculum Styles

This was something I wrote for my class on Multiculturalism in Education in response to an article that summarized the four main curriculum styles: Linear Thinkers, Holists, Laissez-Faire advocates and critical theorists. Author Donna Miller’s takeaway is that teachers should be … Continue reading

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Reflections on Multiculturalism in Education

This was my final paper for a class on multiculturalism in education. There are currently two conflicting developments within the field of education. On the one hand, policies such as No Child Left Behind and Common Core have demonstrated a … Continue reading

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A Lifeskills Class for African American Boys

This was something I wrote for a class on multiculturalism in Education, in response to an article on the success of a special program in a California High School aimed at African American male students, with a greater emphasis on … Continue reading

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What Kalevipoeg Means to Me

After my Kalevipoeg essay for an Estonian Culture class in an English language Baltic Studies program at the University of Tartu,  I was asked about what the story had meant to me. This was my response. As a wannabe writer, … Continue reading

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A Middle School Social Studies Teacher’s Experiences on Culture and Comic Books

This is based on an interview I did for the class on Multiculturalism in my Education masters program. GT is a Social Studies teacher in Middlesex County, New Jersey. I’ve known him for several years, since before I decided to … Continue reading

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