Chris Sharp

ElectionsVoteThis is goodbye.  In about a month it will be about a dozen years when I aired my first Beacon commentary.  That was then a recommendation for Cameron Smyth when he was first running for a state assembly seat. Since then I have written man(more..)

ElectionsVoteIt’s time for high school football.  As I write this piece, high school football teams are putting their finishing touches on a practice regimen that may have begun as early as last March.  You may be one of those who remember that wh(more..)

ElectionsVoteAs a certified civil servant of the state of California, every year I have to sign a number of pages that mandate me to report any sign of child abuse.  This is a legal requirement for every kind of teacher and administrator who comprise my prof(more..)

ElectionsVoteLet’s fast forward to the next time you call in sick to work.  Unless you are some kind of office fiend the response from your workplace is likely to be sort of sanguine:  “Okay, just rest and get well.” But sometimes you(more..)

ElectionsVoteWhen you teach in California’s public high schools like I do, you learn to sight the foster child who is at greatest risk.  It is the child who looks most like he or she doesn’t want to be where he or she is.  And when you have (more..)

ElectionsVoteSome of you may remember my telling you here of my own experience of being homeless.  Or more likely you may have forgotten it, because I experienced a really babyish version of  homelessness.  That was when I was doing research for a (more..)

ElectionsVoteIf it’s okay with you – or even if it’s not so okay with you – I thought I would just ask myself questions about how digital form has revolutionized the teaching of American history and world history in our schools today. (more..)

ElectionsVoteBefore the current tea party, there was the first one, in Boston.  At that time, a distant and arrogant government had tried to remake Americans in its own image, sending them lots of tea to drink and even for those Americans who didn’t li(more..)

ElectionsVoteHave you known a friend who you would like to help, but you find out you cannot help in any way?  And you finally conclude that if this person is ever going to be freed from his problem, this guy will need to go to a mental health professional a(more..)

ElectionsVoteToday unfortunately is the day of the school lockdown and the school  lockdown drill. This isn’t to say that the era of the traditional fire drill has passed. Surely by my count in public schools, I have managed just as many fire drills as(more..)

ElectionsVoteI have sometimes thought that if every restaurant and market would to give the good food it throws out every night to the poor of their cities, there would be no children going to bed hungry in those places.  Actually the food markets do give a(more..)

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