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Hunter Huss IB Readings

A lot of you missed the last one. That’s a 0 you don’t need!

This week is a relatively long article. However, it is very interesting and very relevant. Read the article, cite it, and just post your feelings about 1: this movement in America and 2: how this young man “broke free”

Should it ever be acceptable for men to talk about women the way Trump has? Why, in your opinion, are some women (or men, for that matter) still supporting him for the highest office in the world? Read and cite

Trump’s Hot Mic Comments

Trump’s comments on Howard Stern show

Locker Room Talk

I haven’t put a blog post up because I was gone last week, I am working on a new curriculum, I am trying to get everything graded to put into powerschool (I grade then put in powerschool all at once, I’m still a record the grades in the written gradebook like I used to have to do old school teacher), and marking for a company grading 8th grade essays from Tennessee about the Declaration of Independence (which really makes you guys writing look good by comparison lol).

However, I have kept doing this blog over the years for a few reasons. It forces my students to actually read, or at least skim, and then think about, topics I think we need to think about. But, more importantly, as an historian, it gives me perspective, and your perspective is both interesting and important to me. I am constantly amazed at the level of deep thought that some of you guys put into your work and are able to express. If you can do that at 18, you are going to change the world at 28. So, I admit to being a little selfish, because I do love to read your insight, it makes me smarter🙂

We only have about 10 blog posts left forever! I want them to be about things that YOU see as important and that we need to read about, and talk about. If anyone has ANY ideas, please post topics here. Even better, post 3 good articles about that topic, but if you only have an idea for a topic I will find then read the articles and select some good ones. I am a reading nerd, so I will just be reading anyway so give me an assignment! You do not have to post to this blog post, but if you do and take it seriously I could probably come across some type of extra credit🙂

We are all aware of the issues facing not only the country, but also the last week in Charlotte and even Gastonia. I was impressed with Huss students’ show of solidarity on Friday, 9/23 because things like that make people think.

The problem, though, is much bigger than police shootings and racial profiling. The problem is the bias which every American has from growing up in our culture.

This week, read the articles (please read, you will enjoy if you let yourself), cite them, and answer the questions: How do we as a society move into a world where skin tone doesn’t matter? What can you, and/or others do, to make this happen?

Understanding Racial Bias

Overcome Racism

Unconscious Racism

Within 20 years, parents will be able to choose DNA traits for their children. These traits will not be just for gender but everything from eye color, to height, to specific inherited talents.

Read these articles because they WILL apply to choices you will have to make in your adult life. Cite the articles, then answer the question: Would you consider this technology for your own child some day? Why, or why not?


History is all about historical interpretation. Since we’ve been discussing WW1 and who caused it,this blog post will ask you to make a determination of YOUR opinion. Read the following articles, CITE THEM, and answer the ongoing historical debate – “What country caused WW1?”


Welcome back to your and Gaston County’s last semester of IB! We are going to resume this blog this semester for two reasons. The most important is that it should force you to read and also to think. I will cover in class how I am going to grade these blog posts. Secondly, it allows me to enjoy reading your comments, because even though I’ve done this blog for years, I am always very impressed by the depth of thinking many of you exhibit.

For this blog post – all you have to do is create a blog account at WordPress (or log in one of their other ways) and post here with your name before MIDNIGHT ON THE DUE DATE!!

One note, if you can find a good, debatable topic with THREE good sources offering different perspective, I am happy to give extra credit if we use your topic.