Belle Chesler

Belle Chesler

Belle Chesler is a visual arts teacher in Beaverton, Oregon.

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I’m still mired in the past, shaken by the spectacle of the Kavanaugh hearings, and pulled across the decades into the darkest crevasses of my memories. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, October 18, 2018
The Kavanaugh Hearings Just Won't Leave Me Alone
It’s been three weeks since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave her testimony before the nation and I’m still struggling to move on. As talk turns toward the impending midterms, I find myself mentally pushing back against the relentlessness of the news cycle as it plows on, casting a spell of cultural...
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"Asking them to accept the depressing realities of the society we’re bequeathing to them without expecting them to respond, let alone protest, is tantamount to teaching without listening."(Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Students as Teachers: Facing the World Adults Are Wrecking
During the first week of May 1963, more than 800 African-American students walked out of their classrooms and into the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, to call for an end to segregation. Despite frequent arrests and having dogs and high-pressure firehoses turned on them, they kept marching. Their...
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At the beginning of the semester, I gave my new students a questionnaire about their lives. One of them answered the question “What is one thing that really stresses you out?” by writing: “What really stresses me out is the fact that I might die in this building.”(Screengrab from NBC) Views
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Will an AR-15 Succeed Where the American Dream Failed?
“It was no surprise to anyone who knew him to hear that he was the shooter.” — Emma Gonzalez , Senior, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Over the past three weeks, the impassioned voices and steadfast demands of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have resounded across social...
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