Author Archives: rowfn

A Rumination on Choice

I’ve been thinking a great deal about choice lately. For those who know me and have had the misfortune of being in my physical vicinity, perseverating may be a more accurate choice of words. And it is this very issue … Continue reading

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Empathy is a Skill

It seems that when it comes to race in America, everyone has something say. When student leaders at Montpelier High School made national headlines by raising a Black Lives Matter flag this year, news outlets spread the story and the … Continue reading

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Equity Begins with Knowing the Heart

Several years ago, as students rolled up their yoga mats and filed out the door at the end of the school day, a senior boy slowed as he passed by. “Thank you for making me not hate Ben,” he said. … Continue reading

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Perspectives on Curriculum Matter

One of the most profound moments in my teaching career has to have been January 22nd, 2018. We had in-service that day, and one of the opt-in workshops was led by members of the Racial Justice Alliance, a student club … Continue reading

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Burlington City and Lake Semester

Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there. ― Gary Snyder Several years ago I hired a carpenter friend of mine to help me build a deck. He designed and engineered it, ordered the materials, … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Lacrosse Team

For nearly as many years that I taught Social Studies at Rutland High School, I also coached the girls’ lacrosse team.  The teams over these six years had girls from all of the sending towns to Rutland High School, from … Continue reading

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Nitty Gritty

  Nitty Gritty It’s in the nitty gritty. -Ruha Benjamin Ruha Benjamin has changed the way I see the world. Her simple pictures of benches illustrating for whom the design our public spaces is intended to bring in and for … Continue reading

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