November 18, 2018

Mark Pontoni | Author


Republicans Deceiving Us (and other ho-hum developments)

Nov. 3, 2018

Keeping track of issues in a complex society can be an exhausting task.  With over 300 million Americans living under the authority of nearly countless levels of government, it is not hard to imagine why many citizens sit out voting…even in those rare places where Republicans ... Read More >>

Strap on Your Seat Belts: It’s Hypocrisy Season!

Aug. 18, 2018

The August 7 Primaries have been completed in Michigan, and except for polling places running out of ballots in heavily Democratic precincts run by Republican clerks, all went relatively well. Our badly broken primary system has survived another run-through, and now we all get to brace ou... Read More >>

Coming to a Michigan High School Classroom Near You?

June 23, 2018

 

“Identify the individuals whose principles of laws and government institutions informed the American founding documents, including those of Moses, William Blackstone, John Locke, and Charles de Montesquieu.”  (Texas Social Studies Standard 113.44.c.1.C)... Read More >>

Can #MeToo Break Up the Good Ol’ Boys?

April 21, 2018

When a society is in the middle of massive social change, it’s very difficult to see exactly what is happening and how far that change will go. Sometimes, we get an obvious event that becomes the symbol of change that we can glom onto, helping us put all this change in context. For ... Read More >>

Pick up, Honey … Please Pick Up

March 3, 2018

Feb. 15 should have been just another mid-winter doldrums day. It was gray and cold in northern Michigan, and as I pulled into the school parking lot, I should have been thinking the way most teachers think about February days: Just get us some sunshine! But Feb. 15, 2018 wasn’t jus... Read More >>

Pick up, Honey … Please Pick Up

March 3, 2018

Feb. 15 should have been just another mid-winter doldrums day. It was gray and cold in northern Michigan, and as I pulled into the school parking lot, I should have been thinking the way most teachers think about February days: Just get us some sunshine! But Feb. 15, 2018 wasn’t jus... Read More >>

Thanks, Donald!

Dec. 16, 2017

In the past several months, earthshaking accusations of sexual misconduct by men in politics, show business, the media, sports, corporate America, and more have begun to reshape our national social landscape. After the careers of Matt Lauer, Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken, Marshall Faulk, G... Read More >>

You Gotta Hand It to Us

Oct. 7, 2017

Some years ago, when Bruce Springsteen was trying to sort out his life he put out his “Tunnel of Love” album. It was – as I saw it – an autobiographical, gut-wrenching, and very public attempt to deal with his failed marriage, his new love, and what would be coming... Read More >>

Why Teach?

June 24, 2017

Another school year has come to an end, and parents, students, and teachers all around our state are assessing what we have just been through. Some are already peeking forward toward next year. Graduated seniors are either eager to test whether their efforts and decisions over the past th... Read More >>

The Only Thing We Have To Fear...

April 8, 2017

Since my last Northern Express column, I have had the opportunity to think a lot about how people are handling the Trump presidency. I went back and looked at things people were saying before the election, as well as the things they said once the incredible became reality. People... Read More >>

Requiem for a Dream

Jan. 14, 2017

This is going to be a very different column than the one I planned to submit earlier in the week. But just hours before I submitted my work, something terrible happened and “Stop the presses!” burned through my brain.

(Cue the heavy organ music)

On Tuesday, Jan... Read More >>

America’s new 9/11

Dec. 1, 2016

It’s been a couple of weeks since the country decided to elect arguably the least qualified and most inappropriate candidate in our history to its highest office. For many of us, the shock has yet to wear off … and for me, I doubt it ever will.

On election night I was... Read More >>