The latest data shows that slightly less than 50% of America’s students are white, while the percentage of white teachers, though slowly trending downward, remains near 80% (USDOE). Combine these numbers with the reality that our schools are more segregated now than they have been in decades, and that means that my situation is far … Continue reading Where Should White Teachers Teach?
Public schools are the shit! Ask any fourth grader. “What do you think of your school, Timmy?” “My school’s the shit!” “Does your teacher let you talk that way, Timmy?” “Of course not! I just really want you to know how important my school is to me.” And there are over three million fourth graders … Continue reading Public Schools Are the Shit!
(In my classroom, I rarely speak his name, so forgive me for repeating it here.) Donald Trump is president, and I am a public school teacher. Let that sink in for a moment… Now, allow me to explain. Donald Trump is president, and I teach my students that ridiculing people with disabilities is a sign … Continue reading Donald Trump is President, and I am a Public School Teacher
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I should clarify. I am not in a position to speak on behalf of my entire school. What follows are the implications of cultural diversity as they are apparent to me. My hope, however, is that I have earned the right to speak small truths into the theories and practices of my education colleagues both … Continue reading What It Means That My School Embraces Cultural Diversity
At 8 p.m. EST on September 08, 2017, all four major television networks simulcast “XQ Super School Live,” a celebrity-filled stage show reminiscent of MTV’s recent Video Music Awards. Here is a primer on the event from The Washington Post. Here are the reflections of Steven Singer, the classroom authority on corporate education reform schemes. … Continue reading Seven Times “XQ Super School Live” Denigrated America’s Teachers (And One Time It Praised Them)
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Those who can’t, Teach. For example, Those who can’t sit alone at a desk all day, Whose energy demands movement and interaction, Teach. Those who can’t abide platitudes like, “kids these days,” Who take the time to know every young person, Teach. Those who can’t be satisfied with a job or even a career, Whose … Continue reading Those Who Can’t
Dear teacher, On the first day of school, When you ask me how my summer was, You’re assuming that it was good. You’re assuming it was something remarkable, Something incredible, Something shareable, Something fun. And maybe it was. Maybe I went to Six Flags. And maybe I flew in an airplane. And maybe … Continue reading How Was Your Summer?
I hesitate to reveal this secret. I feel like I am breaking some teacher code, but I am compelled to tell you. Teachers everywhere, at all kinds of schools, talk negatively about their students. It is not the way things should be. It is the way things are. To be sure, not all teachers talk … Continue reading Teachers’ Lounge: Take It or Leave It?