About Jake Miller

Mr. Jake Miller teaches 7th grade American history teacher near Harrisburg, PA. He is the 2016 National History Day Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year and a 2017 NEA Teacher of Excellence. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, and several other periodicals, but Miller has called TER home since 2012.

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ and the Blight of Rural Schools

“I was one of those kids with a grim future,” author J.D. Vance begins in his book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. “I almost failed out of high school. I nearly gave in to the deep anger and resentment harbored by everyone around me. Today people look at me, [...]

“An Education System Flush with Cash [and] Students Deprived of All Knowledge”

"An Education System Flush with Cash [and] Students Deprived of All Knowledge" In President Donald Trump's Inaugural Address, these were his first official words about American public education. While it's all too easy to jest that President Trump could have been possibly referring to his Education Secretary choice Betsy DeVos (who has donated $5.3 million to campaigns [...]

Why This Social Studies Teacher Attends All Inaugurations

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States... So help me God." The first time these words were spoken was during George Washington's First Inaugural whereby [...]

By | January 23rd, 2017|Current Events in Education, Opinion, Social Studies|1 Comment

10 Years Later: 10 Takeaways on the iPhone and Education

Ten years ago this month, Steve Jobs walked out onto the world's stage and said "this is a day I've been looking forward to in 2.5 years" because of this "revolutionary product that absolutely changes everything." I'm talking about the iPhone. And boy, did it change everything. Today, nearly 7 in 10 adults has a smart [...]

The U.S. Secretaries of Education, A History: Part 2

In the previous article, we focused on the first five Secretaries of Education. So far my advanced evalumetrics have rated them the following: 0 Unsatisfactory, 1 Needs Improvement, 3 Proficient, 0 Distinguished, and 1 Incomplete. How will the next 5 Secretaries of Education pan out? Let's have a look: The 1990s Richard Riley, the sixth [...]