How libraries can provide a forum for civil discourse

This fall,  I decided to start lunchtime sessions to discuss the debates and politics and to promote civil discourse(see previous post).  Honestly, I primarily started this as a means of sharing more of my personal passions with students at our large high school, but it’s turned out to be unexpectedly important example of how libraries can provide a forum for ideas. To my surprise over 40 students showed up for the first lunch meetings(over the course of two lunches).  I set some ground rules for civil […]

Libraries in a democratic society

Every morning a number of scenarios for letters to the editor or to the state legislators run through my head on the way to work, hoping to explain, convince, chide, persuade, and inform about the woes facing Texas schools and the impact on our students and on the profession of teaching as a whole. In researching where some of the negative messaging is coming from, I’ve been disheartened to realize that much of it has been fomented behind the scenes by powerful political organizations like […]