Author Archives: Mrs. Houlahan

About Mrs. Houlahan

I am a middle school Social Studies teacher who works at School Without Walls at Francis Stevens in Washington, DC.

Why is democracy so difficult?: A Case study of Sierra Leone Ranking the Elements of Democracy

At one point in Sierra Leone’s history, it was considered the Athens of West Africa.  However, Sierra Leone has endured a long history of imperialism and a civil war that destroyed much of the infrastructure of the state.  What are … Continue reading

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Life in the United States Would be Perfect if Everyone was Equal

We are about to read George Orwell’s notorious novella, Animal Farm.  In this novella, Orwell writes about a world where animals overthrow the oppressive farmer Mr. Jones and try to construct a society based on the founding principal that “All … Continue reading

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The Haves and Have Nots—What is the Best Way to Deal with the Inequalities Between the Social Classes?

In the Industrial Revolution, men with ambition, initiative and often greed developed companies and built factories.  They were an integral part in the creation of products that changed the world.  They became extremely wealthy often times at the expense of … Continue reading

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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave–Does this allegory have relevance in our world today?

In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, he describes a world where prisoners live chained in a cave.  The puppeteers cast shadows on the wall and these shadows construct reality for the prisoners.  One of the prisoners breaks free and leaves … Continue reading

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Hopes, Fears, and Expectations!

For your very first blog post, I want you to introduce yourself to the rest of the sophomores.  What are some of your hopes, fears, and expectations about your sophomore year?  These can be personal and/or academic.  What, if anything, … Continue reading

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