A Six-Month Examen
More on Appeals and Futures
Perennialists and Digressers All,
It has been almost six months since my last check-in on the state of the dispatch, in which time I, on the one hand, was able to produce more in the way of writing (from January to now) than I thought I would and, on the other hand, had less time for interviews (since for k-12 teachers and academics alike the Spring semester tends to be an absolutely chaotic time of personal unraveling and existential questioning). My hope is to rectify that this month, with several scheduled and pending interviews. Probably, there will be a break on interviews in July, so that my family and I can have an uninterrupted month of time together, followed by a few more before the school year resumes in August.
I continue to feel that the experiment is going well, and that the work of APD is a worthy investment of my time and energies. If you feel similarly, and would like to see more in the way of articles, interviews, and any other endeavors, there are three huge things you can do:
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