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 … Continue reading Who Will Teach Your Children when Teachers Have Finally Had Enough?
My name is Shane Phipps. I am a teacher and writer living in Indianapolis. I have taught 8th grade U.S. history since 2001. I am the author of historical novel, The Carter Journals: Time Travels in Early U.S. History (Indiana Historical Society Press, 2015). My book is used in several school districts across the region as a supplemental curriculum resource. I write a weekly column about education in the Anderson Herald-Bulletin. This column is also shared in about a dozen other newspapers throughout the state of Indiana. I also write a blog for the national platform called Patheos. You can check that out at this link. The mission of this particular blog is to face the growing crisis within public education head on, honestly and frankly. That's just what you'll read here. I've been immersed in the game of education for two decades and I've seen the changes, most of them for the worse. I have a platform to share with my readers the real truth about what is going on. I'll share inspirational successes, disappointing failures, and ideas for making things better.
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 … Continue reading Push to Return Schools to Normal has Many Teachers Concerned
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 … Continue reading Teachers Walk a Tightrope Over Political Strife
“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.”
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 … Continue reading Public Education Needs to Radically Change Its Primary Focus in Order to Save Our Nation
Teachers haven’t had this kind of volatile national atmosphere in which to do our jobs for over 50 years. Not since at least the late 60s has our nation been … Continue reading The Awesome Responsibility of Teaching Students in Troubled Times
“Nobody expected the reopening of schools to be without problems. It is the way schools react to these problems that will make the difference between being able to stay open and having to close back down. Being honest, forthright and transparent is a good place to start.”
Yesterday was our first day back to school in almost five months. As is normally the case, our school doesn’t jump right into our regular curriculum. We spend the first … Continue reading Back to School Lesson Taught is a Lesson Learned
Mr. President, A few days ago, you stood on a stage in front of Mount Rushmore and made some comments that can only be described as a direct attack upon … Continue reading An Open Letter to President Trump on Behalf of Social Studies Teachers Everywhere
Being a few weeks into the COVID-19 shutdown, students across the country have by now settled into new routines for their education. For those with the capability, that probably means … Continue reading The Covid-19 Pandemic is Revealing Just How Crucial Public Schools Are and Why They Should Be Equitably Funded
Everything we crazy, paranoid teachers have been warning you about for the last decade is coming to pass right before our eyes. We told you that the new accountability system … Continue reading No More Middle Ground: At this point, you are either for public education, or you are against it
At 5am the alarm rings out But it does not wake him up He’s been staring in the darkness for an hour There’s a routine battle raging in his brain … Continue reading A Teacher’s Morning: Today Will Be a Better Day