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Who Will Teach Your Children when Teachers Have Finally Had Enough?

You’ve heard the expression, “I’ll shout it until I’m blue in the face,” well, public school teachers are blue in the face. We’ve been shouting for many years now—shouting about the attack on public education by Republican controlled state legislatures—shouting about the unfair and inequitable high stakes testing being tied to teacher compensation—shouting about pay … Continue reading Who Will Teach Your Children when Teachers Have Finally Had Enough?

Push to Return Schools to Normal has Many Teachers Concerned

Like the world in general, the education landscape has been anything but normal in the past year. As the pandemic began to spread early last spring, schools had to scramble to find a way to continue the learning process remotely. To be completely honest, the end of the 2019-20 school year was pretty messy. Few … Continue reading Push to Return Schools to Normal has Many Teachers Concerned

Teachers Walk a Tightrope Over Political Strife

These are uncharted waters. The seas are raging, and we are all just trying to batten down the hatches and hold on. With the nation in turmoil from the election fallout, the future is shrouded by an ominous cloud. Things are unsettling and uncertain.  This is especially true for teachers. Our students are not immune … Continue reading Teachers Walk a Tightrope Over Political Strife

Trump’s “Patriotic Education Commission” Plan Shows Complete Lack of Understanding of what Patriotism Is

“This past week, the president doubled down by announcing that he will create a “Patriotic Education Commission” so that schools will be forced by “patriotic parents” to “stop teaching about what America has done wrong” and “start teaching about freedoms.” When I heard this announcement, I was gobsmacked. It has become clear to me that our president and those who still support him—most particularly, the far-right Christians—do not understand the concept of patriotism whatsoever. As a teacher of American history for the past 20 years, I feel it is my duty to try and deliver to them a lesson on patriotism and American freedoms.”

Public Education Needs to Radically Change Its Primary Focus in Order to Save Our Nation

The farther down our current path we travel, the more convinced I become that it’s going to take public education to turn us around. And that, I’m afraid, can’t happen unless we totally revamp everything we do. Although we’ve made some positive strides in the methods we use to teach children, the fact remains that … Continue reading Public Education Needs to Radically Change Its Primary Focus in Order to Save Our Nation