As I write this, my 7-month-old daughter is sleeping on me in a baby carrier. She has COVID 19. She has had fever for 4 days, lots of congestion, and a bad cough. My wife and I are both vaccinated. We also both wear masks inside stores and near other people indoors. We are those people. We have no idea where, when, or how our sweet baby got COVID, but most likely from daycare.

This essay is being written to express my deep disappointment in Klein ISD in Houston, Texas. The district has shown no leadership on the issue of…


It’s about time Democrats started playing hardball, too

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On Monday, June 12, enough Democrats from the Texas House of Representatives left the state to end the special legislative session called by Republican Governor Greg Abbott. The legislature must have enough members present, a quorum, to be in session and Democrats denied that quorum when they left the state for Washington D.C. Republicans were quick to denounce the Democrats as sore losers for denying them the ability to pass their bills, but it is, and has been for years, the Republicans who are the sore losers willing to rig the rules of the game if they don’t win.

In…


On June 24, the Cy-Fair ISD school board meeting was dominated by public comment on critical race theory and whether it has infiltrated the schools to brainwash and indoctrinate children. Those words are not hyperbole used by this author to disparage the views of those he opposes, but the actual words used by the speakers themselves. Speaker after speaker denounced critical race theory as un-American and un-Christian, which indicates the source of their rage and points to an actual threat facing the public schools in CFISD. That threat is Christian Nationalism, the same ideology that fueled the January 6 Insurrection…


Although the anti-democratic signs have been present for much longer, the Republican Party accelerated its drift toward authoritarianism during the Trump presidency and went into overdrive after the 2020 election and January 6 Insurrection. Democrats, so far, have attempted in good faith to defend the republic, equality under the law, and free and fair elections through two impeachment trials and election bills such as the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For the People Act. Nothing has stopped the GOP’s march toward authoritarianism and they have succeeded in passing laws at the state level that will make it much…


The current Texas legislative session has been difficult to watch from the sidelines. I was a candidate for the Texas House in 2020 and named the Texas Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 2019 by the Texas Council for the Social Studies (TCSS). House Bill 3979, introduced by Republican state representative Steve Toth, is totalitarian in how deeply it attempts to infiltrate and curate the instruction delivered by certified professional educators. …


Introduction

This reflection is not intended to criticize any individual or organization within the Democratic Party or liberal/progressive eco-system. It is also not an attempt to blame others for getting my ass kicked! It is meant purely as anecdotal commentary and feedback from a first-time candidate. I know more about politics than the average person because I have taught Government for the last decade in high school and community college settings. That being said, I found myself constantly surprised and confused by what I witnessed and experienced from “the inside” as a candidate. …


The first thing you, the reader, should know is that I am a teacher. The second thing you should know is that I respect police officers and appreciate their service to the community. The purpose of this essay is not to disrespect law enforcement but rather to evaluate why our society treats teachers and police officers so differently and how this disparate treatment impacts the health of our society.

There are bad, corrupt, and racist people in every profession. There are bad, corrupt, and racist doctors, preachers, accountants, politicians, plumbers, entertainers, teachers, and cops. Why is it so controversial to…


Introduction

I started writing this earlier this evening, in my head. I often express lengthy thoughts and feelings in my head and then never write it down later. I have probably written a book by now while driving, doing dishes, mowing the lawn, and folding clothes. My thoughts are always much better than my writing, which is why I rarely attempt to write anything down. I am doing so now because I think it might help me as a form of therapy. Instead of talking to a therapist, I will talk to the page, to you, whoever you end up…

Bryan James Henry

Dad, husband, educator, activist, and Texas surfer.

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