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All Teachers Are Assumed To Be Bad, But What If Everything You Do Works?

All Teachers Are Assumed To Be Bad, But What If Everything You Do Works?

The most annoying aspect of teaching, to me, is the continual assumption, by almost everyone I come into contact with in and out of the world of education, that I’m not doing my job. It is a weird place to be. It is like I walk around with this [...]

Why the State of Arizona Knows Nothing About Educating Students Who Are Not White #Jesuischarlie #blacklivesmatter

Why the State of Arizona Knows Nothing About Educating Students Who Are Not White #Jesuischarlie #blacklivesmatter

It seems to me that life is one long continuous opening of our eyes to the various perspectives human beings have to offer. You are born and you see the inside of your house and the face of your mother. You grow up and see your city. If you’ve [...]

Why Tamir Rice Couldn’t Have Afforded College Had He Not Been Murdered By The Police First

 One of the worst things I’ve seen in a long time has to be the videos of Tamir Rice and Eric Garner being murdered. As an educator I can’t help but see dozens of current and former students in the eyes of this picture of Tamir. His [...]

I’d Rather Teach Refugee Kids Than Americans Who Hate Refugee Kids

I’d Rather Teach Refugee Kids Than Americans Who Hate Refugee Kids

It deeply saddens me that there are people in this country who hate seven-year olds. It is befuddling. It is offensive. It is crazy. And even if you do hate seven-year olds, what is even more amazing is to hate a seven-year old so much that you make [...]

Incorporating Thug Notes into the Urban Classroom

Incorporating Thug Notes into the Urban Classroom

At the end of the year students ostensibly tell me one lesson has stuck with them more than others. It is an activity I do every year to start the year, and here at the end of the year I am always surprised how deeply urban kids take that lesson to [...]

Our Elementary View of Education

Our Elementary View of Education

Yesterday on Yahoo I saw this article: 5 Most Regretted Jobs. I knew what was coming next. Four of the five jobs don’t require a college degree: Mechanic, Bank Teller, Delivery Driver, Cashier. Four jobs one gets from graduating from high school. [...]

Forget Women’s Studies, We Need Men’s Studies

Forget Women’s Studies, We Need Men’s Studies

Women are taking over the world.Or at least the United States. That is what you’ll see if you look at today’s college campuses. Women took the ball from the civil rights movement and have been officially running with it for decades now. We [...]

You Wanna Talk About Flipping Classrooms?

You Wanna Talk About Flipping Classrooms?

I took my 9th grade English class to the Tech Lab this week to type up Autobiographical Narratives. In today’s world of computers and smartphones, one would think this activity would be, for my students, like coming home. This is the generation of [...]

One From the Vault: STAR Testing: The Farce Begins Anew

One From the Vault: STAR Testing: The Farce Begins Anew

With STAR testing going on this month across the nation, I thought I'd bring back last year's post about the insanity of high stakes testing, and how in fact, there is nothing at stake for the students taking the tests.Today teachers in my [...]

Suzy Lee Weiss and White People Problems

Suzy Lee Weiss and White People Problems

This week in the news a high school senior named Suzy Lee Weiss wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal satirizing the college admissions process of Ivy League colleges. She was upset that Harvard, Yale, and Princeton rejected her application and [...]

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