How to Raise Civil Citizens

How to Raise Civil Citizens

We have both an opportunity and a responsibility as educators and parents to do all we can to help raise educated, civil beings who are ready to participate in our democracy.   There’s a direct correlation between a functioning democracy and an educated populace....
Talking with Students About Racism and Protests

Talking with Students About Racism and Protests

We hear you.We acknowledge you.We stand with you. For the past two weeks, we at CMI have been working through the anger, horror and sadness brought across this country by George Floyd’s death. We have come face to face with our own privilege and have struggled...
COVID-19 and The Journey Ahead

COVID-19 and The Journey Ahead

It is going to be a long slog for all of us; young and old, families and classrooms, groups of all sorts and each of us individually.  Anxiety often causes us to draw in, and with the contagion factors of  the pandemic, to self-isolate.  But there is a...
Community Responses in the Wake of Catastrophic Events

Community Responses in the Wake of Catastrophic Events

The Second Wave of Trauma: The Need for Broader Community Understanding and Action It is with indescribable sadness that we have learned of the suicides of two Marjory Stoneman Douglas survivors and the father of one of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary....
The Media and School Shootings

The Media and School Shootings

And so another heart-breaking tragedy with the start of the school year. Umpqua Community College has a mass-casualty shooting.  As bleak as it always is, there is a significant ray of hope. The sheriff of Douglas County refused to speak the name of the shooter,...
Compliance of Students Taking the Pledge of Allegiance

Compliance of Students Taking the Pledge of Allegiance

Many social networking sites for counselors and teachers have posts about how to deal with students who refuse to take the Pledge of Allegiance. I stand respectfully when the national anthem is sung, but every cell in my body cringes at our focus on war, power, and...