Rob Huckins

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Not In Our Lifetimes

By Rob Huckins<p>We will never see a run like this again. Not in my lifetime. Or maybe anyone’s. The New England Patriots enjoy rabid fans within the …

A Letter to My Son

By Rob Huckins<p>You’re my only son. You occupy a place nobody else in this world can fill. I can remember the first time I knew you were going to …

Please Don’t Do That

By Rob Huckins<p>Please don’t do that. I don’t want this. Who cares what you think, he said. No more, no less. She thought about the words as she …

Day One (A Political Tale)

By Rob Huckins<p>The President’s shirt was white and rumpled, his sleeves rolled up in trademark fashion up to his elbows. He wore no sport jacket and …

Deluding Ourselves, Diluting Democracy

By Rob Huckins<p>President Trump will never be accused of standing pat during his first few days in the White House, signing executive orders and …

Coming in early March: Title novella & a dozen other selections of poetry & short fiction #thisday&age #release #newbook #collection https://t.co/aImpL7XeiJ

My Daughter’s Sweater

By Rob Huckins<p>Note: This short fiction will appear as part of my upcoming literary collection <b>This Day & Age</b>, available in February from Chasing Jade …

Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Fallacy of a Post Racial America

By Rob Huckins<p>I live in one of the very last states to designate today as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and not simply “Civil Rights Day” or worse, …

Donald Trump is Actually Becoming President. And That’s Not the Real Story.

By Rob Huckins<p>Yes, the election was over two months ago, before Thanksgiving settled in and we all took a collective breath (no matter one’s …

An Imperfect, Necessary F Word

By Rob Huckins<p>She was alone, waiting for the train to bring her home to her apartment in Boston. The Red Line, Arlington Station. Three middle aged …

That Time When Tom Petty Made The Perfect Album

By Rob Huckins<p><i>Wildflowers</i> was supposed to be a Tom Petty solo project to keep the prolific artist busy in between working with his main band, The …

Ambling Toward Democracy?

By Rob Huckins<p>If you listen to the most cynical of pundits littering our media-scape these days, America is a broken nation, doomed to limp to it’s …

15 Years Later: What We Need

By Rob Huckins<p>We really don’t need another think piece or hot take on 9/11. We need less fear. We need more humility to admit what we don’t know. We …

The Best Resources On Different Types Of Map Projections

I’m teaching Geography again to English Language Learners, and though I’d pull together some accessible resources on the different kinds of map …

High School

Revisiting “The Reflektor Tapes”: Arcade Fire’s Pursuit of Artful Greatness

By Rob Huckins<p>Historically, music films are tricky business. Push too far and you end up looking pretentious and self absorbed. Straight ahead …

How Muhammad Ali’s Death Made Me Revisit Malcolm X. Again.

By Rob Huckins<p>I first became acquainted with Malcolm X in late 1992, when I saw the Spike Lee biopic about the late civil rights leader, a film that …

American Canon (Chapter 2)

By Rob Huckins<p>Even Bush knew better than to believe that crap. That much Liam could conclude after all this time. Liam’s sleep cycle had gone to ash …

Public Schools, We Have a Problem

By Rob Huckins<p>Take a good look at the photo above this sentence. It’s a real problem. Not for the company but for our kids. That a private company …

Sally Hemings, American Founder

By Rob Huckins<p>Full disclosure: this was not the Independence Day piece I planned on writing. In fact, this is replacing an academic retrospective I …

Sports, Race, Gender & Serena Williams

By Rob Huckins<p>Sports hasn’t eradicated racism from American society by any means, but it’s done vastly better addressing that issue than it has …

The Unauthorized History of the Trump Presidency (2017–2020)

By Rob Huckins<p>It was unusually warm for January and the sprawling, subdued crowd scattered over the expanse of territory directly in view of the man …

The Enduring Genius of “Born In The U.S.A.”

By Rob Huckins<p>Claiming <i>Born In The U.S.A</i>. is Bruce Springsteen’s best album is not cool. You’re supposed to say <i>Nebraska</i> or <i>Darkness on the Edge of …

American Canon (Chapter 1)

By Rob Huckins<p>“Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it. Everyone else can just make up their own version.”<p>— A widely circulated quote …

What Are the Best Strategies for Surface to Deep Learning?

We hear a lot about surface to deep learning. In this blog, Peter DeWitt explains the different between the two citing a recently released paper by …

Pedagogy

Classroom 'passion projects' create new learning culture

Armand Doucet's Grade 11 modern history course isn't a class where students memorize the dates of battles and the names of former world leaders.<p>This …

This Is What the Future of American Politics Looks Like

This year, we’re seeing the end of a partisan realignment, and the beginning of a policy one — and U.S. politics is about to change big-time.<p><b>For political observers, 2016 feels like an earthquake</b> — a once-in-a-generation event that will remake American politics. The Republican party is fracturing …

Political Science

How much does each state spend per student on public schools? | NOLA.com

When it comes to state funding of public schools, it's clear that not all states are created equal. For a variety of reasons, such as the prevalence …

Poetry Behind Bars: The Lines That Save Lives — Sometimes Literally

The way Jimmy Santiago Baca tells it, poetry saved his life — but he's not speaking in hyperbole. Long before the poet won an American Book Award, Baca was in prison on a drug conviction, where he was facing down a prison-yard fight with another inmate.<p>Baca sought padding however he could get …

Literature

What Makes a Great Teacher

The idea that the U.S. may be facing a potential teacher shortage, or that teachers are consistently undervalued, probably wouldn’t surprise anyone …