Author Archives: Dana R Casey

The Aesthetic Cesspool of America

A young student stands in the front of my classroom ready to perform. The students have just turned in their journals which contain four types of entries: literary, current events, composition, and creative. Students must present one of the entries … Continue reading

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Somewhere between Sodom/Gomorrah and Saudi Arabia

The world is becoming more polarized every day. A rational middle ground between extremes appears to be crumbling under our feet until one is left to stand on one cliff or another. If one does not choose to take an … Continue reading

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Coming Out of the Conservative Closet

Our country has gone through times before where fathers stop speaking to sons, brothers to brothers, neighbors to neighbors. This happened during the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Vietnam Anti-War Movement. We are once … Continue reading

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IT IS TIME TO HEAR FROM THE TEACHERS!

This Wednesday morning, I am sitting in a classroom acting as a co-proctor for a retest of the English assessment, one of a battery of tests which are a state graduation requirement. The students testing today are juniors and seniors who … Continue reading

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A Monstrous Story for a Monstrous Curriculum: The Ugly Heart of Common Core

I am a high school English teacher. I became a teacher because I believe that literacy, which goes beyond just reading the words on the page, is an absolute necessity for maintaining our Republic. Proof of that is found in … Continue reading

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Clowns vs. Chicks

Tuffy Gessling, the Obama-mask-wearing rodeo clown has been making national news since last weekend for taunting the bulls to run him down. The outrage over this clown is another example of how we are not allowed to criticize our Dear … Continue reading

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Seize the Narrative!

Liberals and the political pundits LOVE the term “the narrative”, the story. Communication theorist Walter Fisher believes that “humans are essentially storytellers” and that “Our rationality is determined by our sense of narrative probability (the coherency of the narrative) and … Continue reading

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