What about me made that woman say that?

I took my grandchildren to play indoor golf recently. There were already several groups playing there, but there was room for us to join and social distance. So we went in, but I couldn’t find anyone working there. We waited at the…


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An education administrator said to me the other day — We require teachers to complete these forms, even though the data is readily available and viewable in existing systems, to ensure that the teachers are looking at the data.

Think about that for a minute: let’s require teachers to do…


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“But it’s a child’s two-dimensional view of freedom — one where any suggestion of collective duty and responsibility for others become the chains of tyranny.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/05/opinion/coronavirus-deaths.html?smid=fb-share

Our country has reached more than 4,000 deaths a day from Covid-19, and today I read a news article about a restaurant owner who…


If Obergefell falls, can Loving be far behind?

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Is one’s religious beliefs a license to discriminate? In the recent case of Davis v. Ermold, Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and ordered others in her office not to issue them. …


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The New York Times recently remarked that whites are marching with ‘black lives matter’ signs in some of the same communities that have resisted efforts to integrate public schools and neighborhoods. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/22/us/racism-white-americans.html.

As a teacher and parent of a public school student, I have wondered whether white support for Black…


The story of Tye Anders helps me understand my students’ fear and dislike of the police.

Tye Anders arrest in Midland Texas seems to have been lost in the news. He was a young black man who was not killed by police in a routine traffic stop.

I teach U.S…


It’s all About Relationships….And Yet

I have only been teaching a little over a year, and I’m sure I have heard this relationship mantra nearly as many days as I’ve been in a classroom. Any time a teacher is struggling with “classroom management”, any time we talk about behavioral issues…


It has nothing to do with students or classroom management.

I have had many relationships with our public schools: a student, a member of our city’s business community concerned about how our public schools impacted our city, a volunteer for the local education foundation, a parent of public school students…

DL MERKLE

Educator, attorney, mom, wife, American, human

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