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The discomfort that the far-right is trying so hard to shelter their children from is that of the flood of reality that has broken through the levies of their white privilege bubbles. The calls to “make America great again,” and the harkening back to the “good old days,” is actually a desperate plea for a return to insulation and ignorance.
In case you missed it, in a Fox News interview with author turned politician, J.D. Vance, this past week, Tucker Carlson said that he was bewildered by the fact that the fathers of students weren’t storming into classrooms and “thrashing” teachers for “sexually grooming” kids in schools. You can’t see me right now, but I … Continue reading Schools Are Not Grooming Your Kids to Be Gay or Trans
During the recent congressional hearings for Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Republican Senator Ted Cruz (Texas), brought into question the judge’s views on Critical Race Theory. He presented several books that are used by the Georgetown Day School, a prep school where Jackson serves as a trustee, as examples of what he claimed were over-the-top examples … Continue reading Far Right Terrified of Teaching Anti-Racism
Imagine walking into a preschool classroom full of precious and impressionable little children. The teacher entrusted with keeping these precious, innocent children safe and preparing them to go into kindergarten has apparently been teaching them about our president. The students seem well-versed in a sort of ritualistic group chant. The teacher asks, “who is our … Continue reading Christian Pre-School Teacher Leads 4-Year-Olds in Anti-Biden Chant
Dear Students of 2022, I am writing to try and express my empathy for you. I don’t envy your youth, to be quite honest. I’m a man who is quickly approaching my retirement from a career spent in education and I can’t say that I would covet the prospect of trading places with you. It … Continue reading An Open Letter to Students in 2022
Justin Oakley and I sat down again for another chat and discussed the good, the bad, and the ugly of the latest session of the Indiana legislature. It sure was an eventful one when it came to educational matters. You can listen to our discussion by clicking the link below. INSIDE EDUCATION PODCAST: EPISODE 8–special … Continue reading With Indiana’s congressional session now in the books, it’s time to take a breath and regroup
CRT is the latest in a long history of far right moral panic attacks against public education…remember Ebonics?
The uproar we are currently experiencing over the topic of the teaching of Critical Race Theory in schools is just the latest in a long history of unwarranted attacks from the far right on public education. It is just the next thing in line where right wing leadership misrepresents the truth and uses mendacious propaganda … Continue reading CRT is the latest in a long history of far right moral panic attacks against public education…remember Ebonics?
Last week, I wrote an article about the now national story of the teacher in Jimtown, Indiana who was caught on security cameras striking a student in the face. At that time, I only had the bare facts what was apparent on the video. In that article, I went out of my way, right in the first … Continue reading Teacher who struck student has long history of political indoctrination
I really appreciate all of you who take the time to read what I write here. Writing is my passion. I write a lot of things outside of my work here at Inside Education. I’ve written a historical novel which was published by the Indiana Historical Society Press in 2015. The book is called The … Continue reading Special Offer for My Readers Who Enjoy DIY Indie Music
Chances are you’ve seen the shocking video from Jimtown, Indiana that shows a veteran teacher slapping a student in the hallway. If you haven’t, you can see it here. It’s a difficult thing to watch. For most teachers, it’s a difficult thing to watch for multiple reasons. Before I go any farther, I want to make … Continue reading Viral Video of Teacher Slapping Student Shines Spotlight on Our Mental Health Crisis
It feels like a victory. In the Indiana state legislature, House Bill 1134 has died. It is reason for celebration but cautious and measured celebration. If history has taught us anything we should know that this is not over. The attacks on public education will rage on and on until GOP supermajorities are successful or … Continue reading HB 1134 is Dead. Remain Vigilant!
In my last article, I attempted to poke holes in the claim that the purpose of all these terrible pieces of Koch Brothers-backed, ALEC-written education legislation is to increase parental involvement in their students’ education and to provide a “much needed” increase in public school transparency. That’s a load of malarky. Today, I want to shed … Continue reading When Parents Aren’t Involved, Teachers Pay the Price
Here’s where teacher frustration boils over when it comes to transparency and parental involvement: Every time it comes up, guess who gets the blame…guess who has more work put on their plate to try to rectify the problem…I’ll give you a hint…it sure as hell isn’t the parents or guardians. When parents aren’t involved, the blame and the penalty is ALWAYS PLACED ON THE TEACHERS. This has been true within our own school society forever. Now it’s coming down on us from the highest levels of our government.
I’m back again and I come with more reports from the front lines of the war on public education. I wish I could write about something else—after all, every day there are great stories of wonderful things that happen in public schools—but right now, we are embroiled in battle and fighting for our lives. Being … Continue reading The war on public education is a war of attrition and there will be no winners
It is the middle of the day at the public high school in Anytown, Texas. During the school’s non-instructional break period called FOCUS, which is used for various things such as study hall, working on college prep, or attending occasional convocations. Today happens to be a convocation day. The school’s 1,100 students gather in the … Continue reading ALEC Legislation is a Trojan Horse for Christian Nationalists