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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 [...]

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. [...]

What High School Will Look Like Under a Trump Presidency

What High School Will Look Like Under a Trump Presidency

Talking to high school kids about politics is really, really hard. Every discussion you have makes them pause, think, and then want to ask deep questions based on logic. I mean, they take everything so literally.For example, you can hardly get [...]

My Greatest Lesson On Teaching Argument, Opinion, and the Power of Writing

My Greatest Lesson On Teaching Argument, Opinion, and the Power of Writing

 In a few interviews this week I’ve referred to what has transpired over the last month as “my greatest lesson.” I know there are hundreds of thousands of people out there who would like me to admit I learned my lesson, but that is not what I [...]

Dear Steph Curry, Now That You Are MVP Please Don’t Come Visit My High School

Dear Steph Curry, Now That You Are MVP Please Don’t Come Visit My High School

Dear Steph,I am a Dubs fan. Always have been, always will be. I pass by Oracle Arena every day to and from work. Traffic is so bad on 880 I often get to admire, at length, the giant hanging posters adorned with your face and the gaudy playoff [...]

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 [...]

Cartoon: Dealing With Student Phones

Cartoon: Dealing With Student Phones

This cartoon is actually a strategy I stole from a colleague of mine who is an unbelievable urban educator. He plants phones on students in the first few days of class, pretends to hear it vibrate, and smashes it on the floor in front of the entire [...]

F@#% What You Heard—There Ain’t No Money in Education

F@#% What You Heard—There Ain’t No Money in Education

You’ve probably heard this statement before: The United States spends more money per student than any other country in the world.Ninja please.I think this oft-quoted “fact” needs to be drastically reworded. It is like a sentence one of [...]

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