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Thursday April 24th 2014

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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 [...]

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 [...]

It Ain’t Easy Being Meezy

Michael Hiltzik’s recent article in the Los Angeles Times is a surprisingly moderate view of the pension issue. He talks about the difficulties in balancing out budgets at the state and federal level, focusing specifically on pensions. Hiltzik [...]

I Can’t Believe How Dangerous My Job Is

I Can’t Believe How Dangerous My Job Is

Last Friday, a fight broke out. A kid smacked the walkie-talkie out of the hand of our Assistant Principal. Our security guard and SRO confronted the kid (School Resource Officer, a cop assigned to our campus, we have two of them). The kid attacked [...]

The Rotten Carrot of Teacher Incentives

The Rotten Carrot of Teacher Incentives

With the fresh discussions of incentive-based teaching as the future of education, why is it we are surprised at the new statistics that are coming out? Study after study shows giving teachers incentives, like more money, doesn’t change student [...]

What Happens Two Months Into the School Year

I am scathingly certain the following circumstances I am about to describe are unique solely to low-income public schools. If I am wrong, forgive me, because I cannot imagine any other institution supposedly dedicated to education executing such [...]

Passing Period: Oh, How I Hate You

Passing Period: Oh, How I Hate You

Passing Period is the most dangerous part of my day, plain and simple. Those ten minutes where the students go from one class to the other is not only dangerous, but impossible for me to deal with. At our school, they ask teachers to stand outside [...]

Commenting on Racism

Commenting on Racism

I play in a Fijian soccer league. The league has a rule that each team can field 4 non-Fijians per game. So I am one of the four, the other seven are Fijian, the five guys on the bench are Fijian, the coaches are Fijian, and all of the fans lined up [...]

A Student Pulls Out a Knife: What Do You Do?

A Student Pulls Out a Knife: What Do You Do?

Photography by Jeremy SchulzSomething happened to a good friend of mine during the last week of school. He is an amazing teacher working in the ghetto, and this story is sadly one that isn’t too uncommon. We’ll call my friend Mr. [...]

What To Do With Former Students’ Friend Requests

What To Do With Former Students’ Friend Requests

With my first batch of seniors safely across the stage, I am now faced with the toughest call of my teaching career thus far:Do I friend former students?????In the last couple weeks, friend requests have been flooding into my facebook [...]

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