Category Archives: Essays

10 Years Later: Anti-War Writings, Old & New

Krane (right, in red shirt with dreadlocks) on March 19, 2003 joins a crowd of anti-war demonstrators sitting-in at Court and Union, the main intersection of uptown Athens, Ohio which borders the main campus of Ohio University. Photo by Lindsay … Continue reading

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Our institutions have failed us; it’s up to us to make change

March 1, 2003 Speech given at anti-war rally on Ohio University’s College Green ******************* The last time I was at a rally with this many people on College Green it was last February’s walkout against sexual assault and hate crimes. … Continue reading

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Nina: A Preschooler’s Resistance to Alienated Labor and Authoritarian Schooling

By Damon Krane February 2001 The Athens Agenda Magazine ******************* I was studying to be a high school social studies teacher when I found myself required to observe a class of preschool children and their teacher. I didn’t really mind. … Continue reading

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Public schools aren’t supposed to be “enclaves of totalitarianism,” but some local administrators and police never learn

By Damon Krane December 8, 2000 ********************* [Editor’s note, 1/7/13 – The Athens News declined to publish the following piece, which surely exceeded the newspaper’s word limit for guest columns. However, shortly after its submission I was invited to appear … Continue reading

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Free Student Press: Because 12 years is too long to be silenced

by Damon Krane September 2000 Democracy & Education (The journal of The Institute for Democracy in Education) ******************** I entered the world of independent student publishing when I was a senior in high school. Three of my fellow students already … Continue reading

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The real story from Seattle: A firsthand account of the 1999 protests of the World Trade Organization

By Damon Krane December 1, 1999 The Santa Monica Times Mirror (Santa Monica, California) The Terminal Journal (Chicago, Illinois) The Chronogram magazine (Kingston, New York) AK Press compilation of firsthand protestor accounts (San Francisco, California) (Editor’s notes, 2/9/13 — I … Continue reading

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South High Journal: Observations from an inner-city vocational-technical magnet school

By Damon Krane May 5, 1999 Unpublished assignment for one of my first teacher education courses ******************* ( Editor’s note, 2/18/13 – Names of school employees have been changed.) I conducted my classroom observations for this course at South High … Continue reading

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