From Nonfiction

U.S. Dances In Societal Boxing

Is it the foxtrot or the tango? A waltz? A flapper dance? None really fit, but the dancing is daily and in full-force. Living in the United States is a whirlwind blur of movement. Everyone moves rapidly and all at once. Everyone stays confined to their circle. There is no crossing over. None is acceptable.…

Just Say No To Discrimination

Here is a letter I sent today to our Hamilton Southeastern School Board Members in reference to their recent 4-3 vote to not include specified wording in Board policies recognizing often marginalized groups. Final vote by the board will be taken at the May 8 board meeting: Dear HSE Board — I am writing in…

Pearce Writing Guide For High School Students

Pearce Writing Guide For High School Students *I use a series of symbols to mark your paper. In the text of your paper, you’ll see the symbol. It is then your job to reference this guide to improve on the error made. Grammar & Mechanics Areas:   RO = Run-On Sentence If you have RO…

Thesis Statements Aren’t Complicated

Originally posted on Pearce Writing:
Too many times students make thesis statements much harder than they should. Students seem to think that complexity equals clarity which is about as far from truth as they can venture. What students need is a clear, concise thesis statement that leads the reader where the student writer wants that…

Books I Read In 2018

Here are the books I have fully enjoyed reading in 2018! I hope I haven’t left any out! CLICK ON EACH BOOK AUTHOR/TITLE TO SEE MORE ON AMAZON.  Agrawal, Ajay, Gans, Joshua, and Avi Goldfarb Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence   Albright, Madeleine Fascism: A Warning   Arsenault, Raymond Freedom Riders: 1961…

Justifying A Position Using A Passage As Evidence

In high school and college writing, students are often asked to write using evidence from texts they are reading during class. As part of that process, they are asked to justify a position using a piece or pieces of quoted evidence as backing of that position. There are several segments that must be formed in…

The One Million Dollar Class

So this is where it begins. I get this email from a student who was in my class about eight years ago. In the email, the student states that she finished her aeronautical engineering degree and is employed now at Boeing. She’s not writing, though, just to tell me she works at Boeing. Pretty quickly,…

School Testing Data: What Should Be Done

School data is at the forefront of education, often occupying space in key moments of newscasts. Politicians have allowed states to adopt tests to assess the skill levels of students. These tests are frequently adjusted, modified, changed. These changes can sometimes create shifts in student performance year over year. Is school testing data truly valid?…

What I’m Thinking About Today 10-12-17

  This is the first installment of what will be regular posts (at least when I think of something and have time to write it down) of what I’ve been pondering, researching, thinking about, mulling, angered by, and so on. Today’s thoughts are still centered around profiling and our efforts to find peace and harmony…

Online Branding Strategy

  Online Branding Strategy James Pearce  The Pitch:      Leader who believes people can enhance their work experiences through focus and awareness of the minute. I write new concepts connected within current life. I intend to lead by example with a broad brush that refines sharper edges at times and causes people to stop for an…

Inner Civilizations & Reality of Existence

December 4, 2011 When economies struggle and crash, it begins to appear that all people will become equal. All those rich people will lose their money and everyone will be completely equal in spending ability. The equalization of life: the dream of socialists and some populists! It is interesting to think of the stock markets…

What Defines Permanence In Texts?

What Defines Permanence In Texts? Just the other day, a colleague of mine said that if all texts were digitized, they’d be permanent. This made me stop for a moment. Does putting a text, a photo, or anything else in digital form give it permanence and ensure it will be around forever? First, let’s consider…