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Subjects in the Classroom and Life

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

A discussion on the utilitarian value of the subjects our schools teach. This editorial on education was one of the last pieces Shawn Olson printed as a Messenger writer.

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educational subjects, subject relevance in education

Promoting Interest in the Classroom

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011

An essay about the role teachers play in making subjects interesting, valuable and relevant to students. Prompted by an Open-House visit to Westland High School.

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education, interest

Don't Go

Posted on Jul 8, 2003 | Last Updated Oct 31, 2011

Poem on forseen loss. I wrote this for my mother shortly before she died.

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poem on loss, death, old age, sickness

Evolution of a Shutterbug

Posted on Apr 20, 2006 | Last Updated Nov 9, 2011

Some tips on photography and an overview on my education with cameras.

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photographers history, shutterbug, cameras, pictures

The loving neighborhood – For Residents Only

Posted on Nov 5, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 2, 2011
For Residents OnlyKeep Out

Communites want to stop teenage crime, but continue to take away legitimate outlets for youthful activities.

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The loving neighborhood – For Residents Only - social problems, urban decay, children and society, sports, athletic outlets

Educational Inflation

Posted on Jun 4, 2003 | Last Updated Nov 19, 2011

An analysis and critique of modern educational values and formal academics.

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The Hurry-Stop Syndrome

Posted on Oct 19, 2002 | Last Updated Oct 26, 2011

This editorial was the last Chalkboard editorial Shawn Olson wrote for the Columbus Messenger.

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impatient society, red lights

Nuclear Fission

Posted on May 17, 2008 | Last Updated Nov 12, 2011
Nuclear Fission

A cartoon depicting a couple fishermen discussing the marvels of modern technology and nuclear fission.

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nuclear fission, new clear fishin, fishing

The Death of Courtesy

Posted on Jul 25, 2004 | Last Updated Jul 26, 2004

A poem about modern sensitivity

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Poetry, courtesy, chivilry, sexism

Pursuit of Happiness

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 | Last Updated Nov 10, 2011

Essay on natural rights with a focus on the Pursuit of Happiness.

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natural rights, happiness, philosophy
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