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L Eckert
Houston Texas
Love is what matters. Master of English.
Interests: I'm interested in travel, writing, education, Native American literature (Simon Ortiz, Joy Harjo, N. Scott Momaday) the work of John Steinbeck, and I like the outdoors...just not enough to live there.
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Thank You Mr. Trump: Things are really messed up 😷 I can’t think of anything more grotesque than you being president. Wait, let me back up and start at the beginning because this is pretty heavy stuff. The fact that people are so imbecilic that they actually voted for you... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2020 at The Red HOT Pen
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If I could write Abbott a letter (I could, but I don't think he would read it), I would ask him why he lied to the citizens of Texas during his press conference update on Coronavirus today. He claimed that testing "wasn't any good if you are testing negative." This... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2020 at The Red HOT Pen
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It's my late brother's birthday today, and usually I dedicate this date to him as a sort of holiday or time of reflection. But today is so incredibly bizzarro with Covid-19 declared as a pandemic and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo shut down, that I'm just totally discombobulated, like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2020 at The Red HOT Pen
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No doubt this virus is nothing to joke about because of its dark nature. Look at all of the souls it has recently dispatched, and the intense suffering that it's causing around the globe. If the Trump administration and the CDC are resistant to calling this calamity a pandemic, if... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at The Red HOT Pen
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Writing in juxtapositions hyphenates how circular and connected everything in the world is. When I interact with my dogs, I parallel their train of thought with my own because I respect the brain, the little soul, that exists in this furry, needy, little body. As Lukács relates his theory of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2020 at The Red HOT Pen
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While we all sit here in shock that our government reached out with a drone and assassinated a top general of a sovereign nation, I wonder why the surprise. Obviously, these swings in policy, these outrageous and perilous acts, simply mean that our government has been hijacked by an authoritarian... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2020 at The Red HOT Pen
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Honestly, I never expected this year's Ramble to make me so happy. Saint Arnold's Brewery didn't disappoint us by hosting everyone in their beautiful patio, and the Astros made the night more fun by winning the game against the Yankees sending our proud city to the World Series another time.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2019 at The Red HOT Pen
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Oct 7, 2019
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Copied from a friend: Right at this moment I am experiencing the frustration of trying to undo the damage and neglect that happens when teachers fail to take any composition theory courses or engage in any practicums or actual student teaching. I'm basically cleaning up after people that think that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at The Red HOT Pen
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Have you ever thought about what happens to a student, friend, colleague, or partner when you refuse to grant them a fresh start? What if we hauled our students into the principal’s office at the beginning of a fresh semester and reminded them of everything they had been accused of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at The Red HOT Pen
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On days such as this, after a series of tragic, public mass slayings, I usually just fall silent. A side of me feels as if I am not up to the task of writing about such sensitive and important, unnecessary, and bloody crimes. What would I say? I guess I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2019 at The Red HOT Pen
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My long journey into education, tough and fraught with peril, has been padded by a long list of fabulous supporters and teachers. Just this summer, I finished a week long training with 29 other people facilitated by a professional that truly knew his content and cheered us all on with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at The Red HOT Pen
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Jul 14, 2019
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Jul 14, 2019
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Jul 14, 2019
I write about neoliberalism in my blog, and I also write about ethics since my blog is just a social critique. I have had such interesting experiences working as a teacher in a prominent (controversial) charter school chain. While I don't necessarily always call my school district out, these experiences have raised a virtual truckload of interesting questions even though most of the posts that are up now are a bit general. Your insight would be fabulous if you have time to comment. www.redhotpen.com Thank you for taking on these difficult questions, and I hope you acquire more devoted readers. In just this one post you remind us of the responsibilities of corporations, most of whom could care less about the social fabric of their communities or the well being of their employees. Since so many have forgotten the word "ethical," any kind of a reminder is valuable...
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2019 on Is it Time To Give Up on Capitalism? at Ethics Sage
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Jul 14, 2019
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Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism is a tough read. And sometimes I wish I hadn't struggled through her dense prose because much of it is making me sick with worry. I feel like an old time fortune teller because everything that I learned in the book is relevant to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at The Red HOT Pen
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Falling down the stairs and jamming my foot under the metal bookcase reaffirmed my belief in my lack of grace and physical talent. The fact that I’m having trouble typing this proves I’ve been lazy about writing since I finished up grad school. The humiliating trip to Macy’s today for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at The Red HOT Pen
May 2, 2019
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This morning a red cardinal pecked away at the feeder hanging in my patio bird habitat. As I drove off to work, I thought about the delicate bones and feathers, the lightweight and aerodynamic body of the bird, and the interesting fact that birds are not hierarchical. In other words,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at The Red HOT Pen
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The book, “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming,” written by David Wallace-Wells (writer for New York Magazine), dishes up a frightening dose of climate reality including analysis pertaining to why the muted message to the public hampers progress and endangers innocent people living in developing countries. A few chapters into... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2019 at The Red HOT Pen
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Apr 8, 2019
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American parents and students must become aware of how neoliberal values creep into schools and negatively affect the quality of learning. Marketplace ideologies warp education because schools spend billions on test prep and curriculum materials that fail to regard student locality and culture. The “one-size-fits-all” approach to education supports the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at The Red HOT Pen
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Fake apologies, the stuff of cowards, come from a place of deficit. Usually the person doing the apologizing fears some kind of a loss, such as a sports contract, a job or bonus, or some position of privilege. They may even consider the recipients of the apology not an intellectual... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2019 at The Red HOT Pen