History In Halstead

Location: Halstead, Kansas, United States

This is my seventh year at Halstead which is also where I live with my wife and my soon to be two year old daughter.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Iraq War Discussion Starter

As a primer for our discussion on the current war in Iraq use some of the sources we have disscussed in class to find the answer to these questions. Simply cut and paste the questions to a WORD document and then answer them.

Who was the first two groups in the United States to call for war against Iraq?
What does UNMOVIC stand for? What roll did they play in the Iraq War?
What is the coalition of the willing?
Name 5 countries that are part of the coalition of the willing.
Name five countries that are no longer part of the coalition of the willing.
What date did the 2003 invasion of Iraq start?
What were the 8 rationales for war
Why was Bush Criticized for his Mission Accomplished Speech?
Who was the US fighting in the Ramadam Offensive?
What day were Saddam Hussein’s sons killed?
What three provinces have had the largest amount of insurgent attacks?
How did Operation Ivy Needle get its name?
Have Weapons of Mass Destruction been found in Iraq thus far?
What day was Saddam Hussein captured?
What was the goal of Operation Devil Siphon
What happened at Fallujha?
What is an IED?
What is the total deaths in American Deaths thus far?
What is the current US public support for war? (give a per cent)
Is the Sunni triangle good?

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Made It To Spring Break

I love spring break! I consider myself fortunate to be in a profession that affords me many days of vacation. I have this week off and I plan on doing some painting, cleaning my carpets, and maybe putting in a new ceiling fan and while this might not sound to exciting I will be doing at my own leisure instead of cramming it into a weekend. Some teachers complain about pay, but not I. The summer, winter and spring breaks make up for my the pay gap between me and other with comparable education levels plus if I wanted more money I would change jobs. So no complaints here, just a week of slow paced work and a lot of time with my daughter... and of course I will watch Wichita State in the Sweet 16.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

We Are Going To State!!!!

We were down by two at halftime but ended up beating Hillsboro 52-40 and now it is off to Hutchinson for the state tournament. It was a fun night and I enjoyed watching our crowd and student section have so much fun but most of all it was great to watch our seniors play an excellent game. It has been a great coaching year and I am glad that it will continue for another week!!!!

Saturday, March 04, 2006


Affirmative action has become one controversial issue that has derived from the civil rights movement of the mid-twentieth century. It is an important issue and case that is not only debated today but it is also greatly misunderstood. It is also an issue that will most certainly be revisited by future courts. With a controversial subject like affirmative action, I think the information that students need to know is a little bit different than other issues. Based on my years in the classroom, there are many students who have narrow minded opinions based on emotions instead of facts. This means that before looking at any opinions about this case we would first go over a lot of facts and ideas. One essential idea would be the difference between equality and substantive equality. Another important idea to acknowledge before forming opinions is the “compelling interest of diversity” and how important it is in the educational environment. From there, students could start to use their knowledge of civil rights to discuss what the purpose of the UCD program was and why Allan Bakke saw it as an unconstitutional quota system. As far as the recent cases dealing with affirmative action it would be interesting to discuss if there are any similarities between the UCD program and the “twenty five” year references made by Sandra Day O’Conner, Atonin Scalia and Clearance Thomas.

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