Noose of Social Responsibility

Noose of Social Responsibility

It’s hard for people who feel that “something must be done.”  They struggle with an urge to make a difference however they can; they become…

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Single White Teacher seeks LTR/Financial Support

Single White Teacher seeks LTR/Financial Support

Last night, I sat in my room pondering a world in which teachers don’t have collective bargaining rights, living wages, health insurance, or anyone to…

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I Reserve the Right to Take Your Rights

I Reserve the Right to Take Your Rights

Public Unions are a touchy topic. Following the bill and the protests revoking collective bargaining in Wisconsin, many states with conservative governors tried to enact…

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Wait, I am “the Man”?

Wait, I am “the Man”?

A few weeks ago, a class full of middle-class white students sat in a classroom and listened to this: These students, a group of current…

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Can We be Grown-Ups Yet?

Can We be Grown-Ups Yet?

Education seems to be in a bad way: Government says standardized testing isn’t going away, while educators say that “teaching to the tests” discourages creativity…

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Educating Educators

Educating Educators

Imagine a room of about thirty students. At the front the instructor drones on about a topic only tangentially related to the listeners’ everyday lives….

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Mass Murder or Interactive Literature?

Mass Murder or Interactive Literature?

I see a future unit plan on Alienation and Disillusionment in American Literature. The assigned texts: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Catcher in the Rye,…

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When Space Monsters Try to Eat Your Future, You Don’t Let Them

When Space Monsters Try to Eat Your Future, You Don’t Let Them

I attended an education reformers love-in two weeks ago, a lengthy series of back patting and discussion about what they think reform should be while…

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LA Times Shaming Teachers

LA Times Shaming Teachers

My first reaction to the Los Angeles Times publishing the value added assessments of public school teachers in LA, was rather simple: “Fuck You, LA…

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Everyone is Narcissistic Except Me

Everyone is Narcissistic Except Me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_lK4cX5xGiQ I can say without exaggeration that I am the most most humble person in the world, so when I hear that a psychologist is…

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