Monthly Archives: October 2003

Victims or whiners?

It’s very gratifying to hear the responses regarding the dilemma of the teacher with the students who think it’s time for Indians to “get over it.” There is no doubt that the need to move forward is real, but we are all bearers of the burdens of the past. Somehow, we need to find a way to honor the truth that our past bequeaths us while keeping a strong vision for the future. It is no different for cultures than […]

Helping students

I recently received some correspondence from a second year teacher in a well-respected high school in a fairly wealthy, fairly white town. Her email read, in part, ” My 21st Century Elective English class finishes [Neither Wolf nor Dog] this week, and they’ve grown increasingly cynical and negative–especially toward Dan’s “ranting on white people who’ve never hurt him” (their words). I wanted them to read your particular work once their personal narratives revealed how close-minded and narrow many of their […]