Politics in the Classroom

Politics in the Classroom

By Tom Robotham  Recently an old friend shared on Facebook a link to a two-year-old article in The Staten Island Advance—a paper for which I used to work—about a New York City resident who was upset by a vocabulary question on his 11-year-old daughter’s homework...
A Nation in Denial

A Nation in Denial

By Tom Robotham Two years ago, I delivered a talk at the Tidewater Community College Literary Festival called “Scenes from a White Boy’s Life,” in which I reflected on my lifelong efforts to understand “the problem of the color line,” as W.E.B Du Bois put it. I talked...
Of Youth and Age

Of Youth and Age

By Tom Robotham I am not going to make age an issue in this campaign. I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent’s youth and inexperience. – Ronald Reagan   Now that 2019 is underway, it won’t be long before the next presidential campaign begins...
A Kinder, Gentler Nation

A Kinder, Gentler Nation

When George H.W. Bush died, I watched with mixed feelings as pundits lionized him. I couldn’t help thinking about a book I’d read while W. was president: American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush, by Kevin Phillips, a...
My Trouble with Food

My Trouble with Food

By Tom Robotham When it comes to food, people generally fall into two camps: those who live to eat, and those who eat to live. Those, in other words, who regard food as the greatest pleasure in life, and those who think of it as necessary fuel, in the same way that...
2018 ELECTIONS: What’s at Stake

2018 ELECTIONS: What’s at Stake

By Tom Robotham  On Tuesday, November 6, the future of our nation will rest in our hands.  I know that sounds hyperbolic, but I don’t believe that it is. The importance of these midterm elections cannot be overstated. They will determine not only the policy decisions...