Democracy vs. Republic

A Republic – Can We Keep It?

September 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

September 17 is Constitution Day, and as required by federal law, all public school teachers – regardless of the subject they are trained to teach – must teach their students about the U.S. Constitution. I teach American History and Civics.  I spend a lot of time talking with my students about the Constitution, but my Constitution Day assignment might appear very basic (and not very different from last year’s [Read More ... ]

Profiting from Dehumanization

August 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

In the 1857 Supreme Court case – Dred Scott v. Sanford – the majority ruled that black people are, “… so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.”  With those words the racist Chief Justice, Roger B. Taney, attempted to legally dehumanize all black people in the U.S., and thereby, asserted that they had no constitutionally-protected legal rights.  Similarly, in the [Read More ... ]