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We Need Teachers Who Specialize in Teaching

We Need Teachers Who Specialize in Teaching

I just finished Amanda Ripley’s book The Smartest Kids in the World. Not a bad read if you are interested in a quick look at how Finland, Poland, and South Korea structure education. A bad read if you want to know anything about American schools [...]

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 [...]

New Year’s Resolution: Start Beef With PhDs

One of the cool things about being a teacher who has been around for awhile is just before Winter Break, all your former students who are now in college stop by and pay you a visit. It is always amazing how grown up they seem and they strut in with [...]

It’s Not All About the Subject You Teach

It’s Not All About the Subject You Teach

Over the last couple of years I’ve heard a discussion at my school about teaching Math on a block day. Here at my High Poverty school, we have a modified 6 period day. On Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, the kids go to all 6 classes. On Wednesday they [...]

Analyzing Ignorance: Confronting Students With the Meaning Behind Music and Writing

Analyzing Ignorance: Confronting Students With the Meaning Behind Music and Writing

One thing about urban education is we are always struck by what the students don’t know. Some teachers take it immediately to heart and quickly dismiss the students themselves—write them off in the first few weeks as lost cases and spend their [...]

Education is Personal, Not Corporate

With the school year rapidly approaching, we've decided to highlight some other voices around the educational world. Here are some great thoughts from teacher extraordinaire Kimberely Gilles.Education is Personal, Not CorporateOkay, here’s [...]

REALITY: Punching a Teacher not an Expellable Offense

I’ve been writing this blog for over a year and a half now. I originally started writing to bring light to the REAL face of education in this country, specifically the broken, pale, drawn face of our low-income public schools. Today’s entry, [...]

Greatest Hits: A Lesson on Urban Identity

Greatest Hits: A Lesson on Urban Identity

It is summer, and I have been blogging for a year. As I decompress from last schoolyear and prepare for the next, I am posting my most popular articles. The feedback I have received from educators and parents has been humbling, so if you are new to [...]

Latino Boys in the Red White and Blue

Latino Boys in the Red White and Blue

For the next month I am going to celebrate one year of blogging with some of my greatest hits. Here is one about Northern California gang colors that explains just how difficult it is to be a Latino kid in the good ole' red white and [...]

Weaving Together Valentine’s Day and Shakespeare

Weaving Together Valentine’s Day and Shakespeare

Valentine’s Day was a disaster. In all fairness, it’s a disaster every year. All the extra hormones flying through the air really affect a high school campus. Satisfied girls walk around with roses and teddy bears to the detriment of those [...]

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