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We're in the same boat, brother

Way back in the 1960s, a singer named Leadbelly, who inspired a young Bob Dylan, sang this about the politics of his time. It remains pertinent today:

We're all in the same boat, brother
And if you shake one end
You're going to rock the other
It's the same boat brother.
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A Blow for Teacher Learning

A few years ago I visited a superb public elementary school in Ohio. It was innovative, it was teacher and student run. Fifth graders were studying Latin to enhance their English language skills. They were reading about the ancient Greeks and Romans. They were reading Virgil and Ovid (yes, 5th graders, many from lowincome homes. How did that happen? Two teachers got NEH grants that allowed them to attend a university summer school where they studied great literature. They came back energized. A terrific principal backed them up. Contact your congressperson. We need the liberal arts for all children. We need the National Endowment for the Arts, We need the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Read More 
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