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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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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...
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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
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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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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
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It was the new millennium and my mother's fight with cancer channeled itself to its predictable, unfortunate ending. My child was not yet walking, but he sometimes pulled himself up on a plastic storage tub, yelling and screaming, beating his little fists on the lid for attention while I walked... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at The Red HOT Pen
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For the first, and only time in my life, I clicked around on Craigslist and ended up in a new love affair. The object of my affection is a two-year old parrot-like little bird with glossy green, red, and blue feathers, a Conure. I adopted him from a sweet little... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2019 at The Red HOT Pen
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The neoliberal approach to education, an approach that bases itself in austerity and cruelty, is rooted in the test and punish cycle. Students are sorted by scores and data, rather than interests and talent. Writing, with its connections to personal style and background knowledge, should never be judged by a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2018 at The Red HOT Pen
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I'd like to ignore the neoliberal industry that now manages test prep, curriculum materials, and software packages. But I find it impossible to look away from the glossy, well packaged and unlimited amount of stuff that basically manages compliance with all of the so-called reform strategies that crept out of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2018 at The Red HOT Pen
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Last night we loaded up the bike, the dogs, and the dog trailer and headed over to Houston for the big Moonlight Ramble. We met up with hundreds of other cyclists at Saint Arnold's Brewery for a costume and bike contest, and then we hit the road at midnight on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2018 at The Red HOT Pen
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I've been working on a paper that examines the effects of standardized testing on secondary students. I'm most interested in essay responses and how they interfere with an expressivist pedagogy. I'm trying to argue that even though an essay prompt might have good intentions, it still caters to what Freire... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at The Red HOT Pen