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Books I read in April 2021

The Spy Who Came In From the ColdBooks I finished reading (or rereading) in April 2021…

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Books I read in March 2021

The Sand SeaBooks I finished reading (or rereading) in March 2021…

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Books I read in February 2021

Critical Race TheoryBooks I finished reading (or rereading) in February 2021…

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Books I read in January 2021

SoothsayerBooks I finished reading (or rereading) in January 2021…

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#CUDENVERSTRONG

Class updateGreetings, amazing CU Denver principal licensure students!

Before we send you some logistical emails, we just wanted to reiterate how proud of yourselves you should be. 

The past year has been awful, and yet you have survived every terrible day, every difficult thing, every horrible circumstance, and every horrendous heartbreak and loss.

You’ve adapted. You’ve fought through adversity. You’ve served as caring educators, nurturing family members, supportive friends, and local leaders. You’ve given even when you thought you had no more to give.

All of us recognize that the pandemic has negatively impacted our collective visions for this principal licensure cohort. As your instructors, we will be the first to admit that we have been learning through this too. We’ve made some decisions along the way that we’d do differently next time, and we will continue to try and refine what we’re doing in order to best serve you. Thank you for your continued willingness to give us feedback. It helps us make things better.

We are ONE SEMESTER from being done. In May you’ll have your graduate degree and be done with classes. Together, we’ve got this. 

Thank you for all that you do to nurture our cohort community. We hope that you had a chance to rest and recover a little bit over the winter break. We are looking forward to an awesome four months of learning with you this spring.

With gratitude for every one of you,

The Leadership for Educational Organizations (LEO) Faculty

Books I read in December 2020

Call for the DeadBooks I finished reading (or rereading) in December 2020…

TOTAL FOR 2020 = 104 books

My goal was 100 for the year. Made it with a strong December and winter break…

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Books I read in November 2020

Law of innocenceBooks I finished reading (or rereading) in November 2020…

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Books I read in October 2020

What unites usBooks I finished reading (or rereading) in October 2020…

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Vote for America

American flags[I only have one post about politics on this blog. It’s time for a second one…]

As America heads to the polls again, we must recognize that this election is not just a choice between different policies. Even though the majority of Americans are against most of what the GOP supports, this election is not just a choice between bigger government or smaller government or conservatism versus progressivism.

This election is a referendum on who we are as a people. On whether or not we’re going to preserve basic precepts of American democracy. On whether or not we’re going to restore fundamental human decency to our nation. Unfortunately, we must recognize that a vote for Republicans right now – or for any non-viable third party candidates (sorry) – is an affirmative vote for four more years of…

  • Voter suppression instead of assuring the Constitutional right of every American to vote
  • Nearly 1,000 dead Americans every day from the coronavirus (and no national plan or help in sight)
  • Trying to take away Americans’ health care (even during a deadly pandemic)
  • Trying to take away Americans’ food, housing, and employment supports (even during a deadly pandemic)
  • A sycophantic cult of personality instead of the rule of law
  • Presidential and First Family narcissism that sees no obligation to the rest of America
  • Non-stop, shameless lying and gaslighting (and dishonoring of the Presidency)
  • Conspiracy theories and outright lunacy instead of science, facts, and the truth
  • Using the power of the federal government – particularly the Department of Justice – to punish ‘enemies’ (like in tinpot dictatorships)
  • Amoral (and hypocritical) grabs for power at the cost of everything and anyone else (see, e.g., Merrick Garland and Amy Coney Barrett)
  • Ongoing obstruction of justice and outright refusals to cooperate with legitimate legal and governmental inquiries
  • Self-enrichment, self-dealing, and outright corruption at taxpayers’ expense
  • Gutting of government ethics enforcement
  • Nepotism and temporary (and sometimes illegal) appointments of key officials that result in governmental dysfunction
  • Appointment of Cabinet members who are antithetical to the mission of their own departments
  • A non-transparent federal government that destroys or hides public records and data and is unaccountable to the American people
  • White supremacy, racism, bigotry, and hate toward our family members and neighbors of color
  • Denial of ongoing racial injustice and attacks on social justice-oriented remedies and protections
  • Sexism, chauvinism, misogyny, and sexual harassment toward our female family members and neighbors
  • Attempts to deny women the basic right to choose what happens with their own bodies
  • Homophobia toward our LGBTQ family members and neighbors
  • Xenophobia, nationalism, and the denial of the humanity of others – particularly Black and Brown people – around the globe
  • The elevation of the interests of fundamental Christians over those of other faiths
  • Ongoing Presidential mockery of women, our military, our war dead, and people with disabilities
  • Russian election interference
  • Unrequited Russian bounties on American soldiers
  • Global warming and the denial of human-accelerated climate change (do you like hurricanes, flooding, and wildfires?)
  • Dirtier air, more polluted water, and the destruction of environmental protection laws (do you like mercury poisoning?)
  • Oil lobbyists over clean, renewable energy self-reliance
  • Drilling and mining in our beautiful and precious national parks
  • Gutting consumer protections and favoring corporate profits over people
  • Removing food safety protections (do you like diseased chicken?)
  • Attacks on the poor, increasing inequity, and favoring the interests of rich people over those of average Americans
  • Cozying up to dictators who commit human rights violations
  • Alienating our global allies
  • Continued erosion of America’s global reputation and prestige
  • False claims about ‘fake news’ and the destruction of citizens’ trust in professional journalism
  • Fake piety toward – and frequent Presidential denigration of – the people who serve in our nation’s armed forces (they are not ‘losers’ and ‘suckers’)
  • Simplistic patriotism that is more concerned with an athlete’s knee on the ground during our national anthem than a police officer’s knee on the neck that kills
  • Protecting military-style weaponry instead of the safety of our citizens
  • A Department of Education that favors the 10 percent of students in private schools over the 90 percent in public schools
  • Separating infants from their asylum-seeking mothers and caging small children
  • Gassing (and worse) of peaceful protesters exercising their First Amendment rights
  • Armed White supremacist domestic terrorists (aka ‘militia’) in the streets that intimidate, harass, and injure others
  • Manipulation of the Constitutionally-required census
  • A political party that doesn’t even have a policy platform (it’s just whatever Trump wants)
  • The historical dominators over the historically-dominated
  • White people in red MAGA hats screaming vitriolic hate at the rest of America
  • The worst of America, not the best of America
  • Utter chaos and exhaustion

America has always been an imperfect nation. We have yet to live up to our espoused ideals of liberty, equality, freedom, democracy, and justice for all. But like in previous chapters of our history, we have a stark choice this fall: we can vote for America as it should be and the continual striving to be better and more inclusive, or we can vote for the dark forces of division, ugliness, and autocracy that have emerged once again.

The Democratic Party has numerous flaws right now. But I’d be willing to stack up that list against the one above any time. Sadly, over the past four years Republicans have shown us who they are right now. There seems to be no corner of America that they are not willing to erode and destroy. They currently favor a declining minority that is desperately and tyrannically attempting to hold onto power at the expense of the rest of us. They are more than willing to proudly support a President who spends his time golfing, watching Fox ‘News,’ rage tweeting lies and insults, and destroying our country. It’s time for us to vote out as many of them as we can, and force the once-proud party to confront its internal demons, cowardice, disrespect for the norms of democracy, and growing irrelevance to a younger, multicultural population and electorate (since they won’t do it themselves). We not only have to vote out Trump, we have to vote out every single enabler as well.

Our more-fragile-than-we-thought democracy deserves nothing less. Vote for America. And then talk with your family members and neighbors about how we move forward from here.

Books I read in September 2020

Parable of the SowerBooks I finished reading (or rereading) in September 2020…

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