Archive for June 2017

Little Village Little League baseball continues to build safe spaces for youth

This baseball season, my son joined a Little League baseball team in Little Village on Chicago’s Southwest side.  My son says he looks forward to trying to “do something awesome at every game.”  He made some nice plays–including a double play–and he heard me yell a lot: “That’s muh boy!” He struck out a few... Read more »

Despite the silence between us, my father taught me how to work

I read somewhere that when a man is asked to talk about his life, he usually begins by talking about his father. So, this week, my blog is sharing the stories of three Latino sons. We’re all our immigrant fathers’ first born. We’re all in our forties. We’re all fathers. And we all have a... Read more »

A Latino punk rocker dad guides his son to become a DJ--and a good man

I read somewhere that when a man is asked to talk about his life, he usually begins by talking about his father. So, this week, my blog is sharing the stories of three Latino sons. We’re all our immigrant fathers’ first born. We’re all in our forties. We’re all fathers. And we all have a... Read more »
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A Latino son explains how music, baseball, and late-night TV helped him bond with his dad

I read somewhere that when a man is asked to talk about his life, he usually begins by talking about his father. So, this week, my blog is sharing the stories of three Latino sons. We’re all our immigrant fathers’ first born. We’re all in our forties. We’re all fathers. And we all have a... Read more »

With new Englewood high school, Chicago Public Schools ignores sub-standard building conditions at Hancock College Prep

Today, Chicago Public School leaders announced a new state-of-the-art high school to consolidate four high schools in Englewood—some of the most under-enrolled high schools in the city, according to data reported by Chicago Public Radio. Englewood needs more than a new high school to revitalize itself.  But the sunshine glare from new glass and steel... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools student pushes teacher to anger--and understanding

My former Chicago Public Schools student Salina Richter and I were interviewed for an audio series called “What My Students Taught Me,” which appeared on the The Atlantic‘s Education page today. In the interview, I share my embarrassment after losing my temper in class with Salina during the first week of school her junior year.  Salina... Read more »
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