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Candid Discourse

A REDISCOVERY OF AMERICAN INDIVIDUALISM

Articles written by Dana R. Casey about education, politics, and the state of American culture.

White Flight: A Child's Memory
       As  lifelong Baltimore resident, this article reflects upon my experiences growing up and witnessing
       two riots 47 years apart and the impact they have had on my family.

Combat Diaries: Notes from the Front Lines of Urban American Education

Education in America is in a terrible state. It is worse than most realize, especially in our urban systems. If we do not fix the problems, maintaining the republic will become almost impossible, because, as Madison said, “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” Many believe that they have the solutions for fixing our schools. However, liberals have it wrong; conservatives have it wrong; politicians have it wrong; and the average American has it wrong. Education has become a battleground and teachers are in the trenches with no cavalry on the horizon. Teachers have become so vilified in today's environment that few have thought of reaching out to those on the front line to discover the real problems and the real solutions.  Combat Diaries attempt to expose the realities  as seen by one teacher, but experienced by many on the front lines of urban education in America.
Cultural Criticism: Articles on a variety of cultural observations impacting America