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Steve Chisnell (um, on the right) is a teacher at Royal Oak (MI) High School.

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    Spells of Protection

    Spells of Protection

    We can read this deliberate ambiguity in a number of ways: the particular puzzled psychoses of repressed females, for instance, or the dysfunctional power relationships within families; the self-struggling identities of adolescent development or even the unreasonable demands of an outside world to extract simple clarity from complex humanity.

    The War on Memory

    The War on Memory

    This summer has been filled with stories of Turkey removing Darwin from school curricula. But this is a small issue in balance: Erdogan and Turkey’s ruling AKP understand well that control of education and history means control of national identity. And the end of freedom.

    Cuba Redux

    Cuba Redux

    It’s been some years since I took a “Reality Tour” to Cuba. And while I have many memories of that trip, there are some parts of Cuba I worried about then, cracks in the communist walls against capitalist media and marketing that I feared might undermine some of the...

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