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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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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
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Oct 9, 2018
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Oct 9, 2018
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I'm at an impasse in my research and in my paper, and I think I've just become sick of the battle for public education. I am sick of this battle because in the age of Trump and Devos I am losing hope. Even though teachers and other stakeholders have come... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2018 at The Red HOT Pen
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Today I am writing to discuss the dancing mumble jumble of the early beginnings of the classical swing and sway of turbulent female bonding gone tragically wrong. A typical feminist will recognize the innate, positive qualities that exist in another woman and seek to hold that person strongly aloft, high... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at The Red HOT Pen
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Aug 4, 2018
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If you recognize this scene, leave a comment and tell me what you know ๐Ÿ˜Š It is so much like me to post something and then write about a completely different topic, but this time Iโ€™m doing it because I really donโ€™t know much about this picture. I know that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2018 at The Red HOT Pen
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Just when you started to think that your life had become dull and uninteresting to other people, you suddenly realize that youโ€™ve been a long-running target of the weak-minded and categorical. I say weak-minded because even with a solid education the cause of your misery is still oblivious to common... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at The Red HOT Pen
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I'm writing today just to reflect on a few things that I find extremely pathetic and boring, the kinds of things that are just tiresome and ridiculous. This is just me having an informal conversation with you. First of all, when someone is qualified to do the work, then he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2018 at The Red HOT Pen
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Like usual, I couldn't be more disturbed about the incompetence going on in Washington. I've been reading this book by Kurt Eichenwald about Enron and why it failed, and so many of the people at the top of that organization had no business working with large sums of money and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at The Red HOT Pen
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The fact that Trump keeps kicking people to the curb that disagree with him makes me think that he's so demented and hard line that he finds even the slightest bit of advice repugnant. If that's true, and by all accounts it is, then our country is in even deeper... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at The Red HOT Pen
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This week some of my fellow students (I'm in a composition pedagogy class) shared some worksheets that they would assign during a writing workshop. First of all, I am completely confused by this assignment because I have attended numerous writing workshops around the country, and I've never had to do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at The Red HOT Pen
Why would someone that is a true reading specialist with years of experience trot out all of these computer based learning programs that are basically ineffective and a waste of time? If a district has talent at the top, then why would it resort to this kind of instruction? Sure,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2018 at The Red HOT Pen
What in the world is a secure life and why does it matter? After sitting around in coffee shops and hotels for half of my life, you'd think I would know how to handle the obvious, the obvious being a well-situated camera in the break room somewhere near the copy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at The Red HOT Pen
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I am just happy to report that after a short drought, I now have another A in my grad studies. I worked hard last semester studying the sublime and how it is used in Victorian literature. The sublime was not a topic in my class, but I think it should... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at The Red HOT Pen
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Nov 10, 2017
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Nov 10, 2017
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Last night's Moonlight Ramble was a blast because it's just one of the many ways we are proving that our city is getting some of its groove back after Harvey. All kinds of people were out with neon lights on their bikes (I couldn't find my new lights), some people... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at The Red HOT Pen
Senator Bob Corker articulated what is on everyone's mind these days, and his response to Trump's attack is classic. I am not going to disparage adult day cares by inferring that they are a negative, but I think we understand the comparison. Trump's Twitter attacks are juvenile and spontaneous, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at The Red HOT Pen
If you've noticed the irony of Donald Trump's discourse concerning the recent NFL players form of silent protest against racism and inequity, then you are probably getting chills. We are on the brink of a possible conflict with North Korea, an authoritarian regime that requires citizens to literally worship public... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at The Red HOT Pen
I can't complain about not having hot water when so many of my neighbors are homeless after Harvey. Just down the street and around the corner a whole neighborhood was flooded and now everyone that had a second floor is living upstairs. The houses are gutted and the trash is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at The Red HOT Pen