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Wait, There Are Still Idiots Out There Who Celebrate Columbus Day?

Wait, There Are Still Idiots Out There Who Celebrate Columbus Day?

My wife told me the other day that my son, who is in the first grade, had Monday off. Knowing it was Columbus Day, I was confused, because I knew our liberal Bay Area school district knows better than to celebrate rapists and murderers. We checked [...]

Dear Fellow White People To The East: Let a Teacher in California Explain Why Those Other People Are So Scared and Upset

Dear Fellow White People To The East: Let a Teacher in California Explain Why Those Other People Are So Scared and Upset

Fellow White People to the East of Here,First of all, congratulations. We did it. We have the executive, legislative, and soon the judicial branch of government, and it seems we really will make America as great as it used to be one hundred [...]

Stanford Doesn’t Want My Poor Black and Latino Students—It’s Part of Their Admissions Policy

Stanford Doesn’t Want My Poor Black and Latino Students—It’s Part of Their Admissions Policy

For ten years I have yet to see Stanford admit a black or Latino student from my Title I high school. I’m talking about kids with a 4.4 GPA who work in the mayor’s office, volunteer in the community, and are leaders in myriad capacities on and [...]

Poor Kids Are the Only Ones Being Graded in This Country: Don’t Rich Kids Deserve Fs Too?

Poor Kids Are the Only Ones Being Graded in This Country: Don’t Rich Kids Deserve Fs Too?

Imagine you are the dean of a private Catholic high school where the parents pay $30,000 a year per student. Your stated college-going rate is 98%, which means for their money, those parents seem to have a guarantee little Jimmy goes to college. As [...]

I Told My Students Last Week There Would Be a Mass Shooting This Week–And I Was Right Because-Of Course

I Told My Students Last Week There Would Be a Mass Shooting This Week–And I Was Right Because-Of Course

One thing you might not know about teachers is that deep down, we fear for our lives.I know teachers across my state keep their classroom locked for no other reason than someone with an assault rifle could come through the door at any moment. [...]

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