The writing has been on the wall for the better part of two decades now. The current Republican agenda on education, starting with the George W. Bush administration, began a … Continue reading The GOP Cares About Children, So Long As They Are Christians or Have Money
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.
Indiana’s public school teachers continue to be marginalized and manipulated as pawns in a dangerous political chess game. Our state’s elected officials probably think they’ve figured out how it’s going … Continue reading Holcomb and Congress Now Playing Good Cop/Bad Cop with Teachers
I hope you’ll pardon me if I ramble and vent a little today. There are a lot of things on my mind as I am back in the classroom for … Continue reading We Are Here to Leave a Better World for Our Children but Our Leaders Have Completely Lost Sight of This
Dear Governor Holcomb, I’m just going to come right to the point; with all due respect, sir, you are just another part of the plan and we see right through … Continue reading An Open Letter to Governor Eric Holcomb: We See Right Through You, November is Coming
Next week, I will begin my third decade in public education. I began my career in 2001 on the eve of one of the most traumatic moments in U.S. history. … Continue reading Trouble, Uncertainty, and Hope Face Public Education on the Brink of a New Decade
I share my thoughts about this topic in the latest episode of my podcast. It’s a pretty short, to the point episode. Please give it a listen by clicking the … Continue reading Do Public Schools Indoctrinate Students and “Lock God Out”?
A high percentage of teachers have a job or two on the side to help supplement their income. I supplement my income through my second career as a writer. I … Continue reading Are You Ready for Eddie? My Eddie Melton for Governor Campaign Challenge
Jim Lucas has been taunting teachers again. Lucas is a representative in the Indiana House from the Seymour area. He’s no fan of public education. You may have heard of … Continue reading An Open Letter to Representative Jim Lucas Who Invited Teachers to “Prove Him Wrong”
Attention Governor Holcomb: You had the opportunity to witness first hand an incredible show of strength and solidarity outside your place of work on November 19th. You chose not be … Continue reading Attention Governor Holcomb: There is Change on the Wind and Eddie Melton is Riding In.
Public education really shouldn’t be a political issue, but we all know that it is–and it’s a big one. As a political issue, public education is subject to the same … Continue reading The Education Pendulum is Swinging Back and Policy Makers Aren’t Going to Stop It
Almost 4 out of 5 of America’s teachers are women. On the flip side of that coin, 4 out of 5 of our elected legislators are men. I could probably … Continue reading What if More Teachers were Male? The Misogynistic Roots of the War on Public Education.
Hello Indiana legislators, I know you are tired of hearing from us teachers. You may be particularly sick of reading what I’ve been writing about you. I get it, we’ve … Continue reading Hey Indiana Legislators, Let Me Tell You About Some Friends of Mine