About Jeremy Adams

Jeremy S. Adams is the writer of two books on teaching: The Secrets of Timeless Teachers (2016) & Full Classrooms, Empty Selves (2012). He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and teaches Political Science at both Bakersfield High School and California State University, Bakersfield. He is the recipient of numerous teaching and writing honors including the 2014 California Teacher of the Year Award (Daughters of the American Revolution), was named the 2012 Kern County Teacher of the Year, was a semi-finalist in 2013 for the California Department of Education’s Teachers of the Year Program, and was a finalist in 2014 for the prestigious Carlston Family Foundation National Teacher Award. The California State Senate recently sponsored a resolution in recognition of his achievements in education.

Discovering Dostoevsky in Middle Age: Why Education Is Usually Wasted on the Young

“Did I tell you that’s what I did when I was flying red eyes? I would stare out the window at the stars and get frightened by the enormity of the universe.” – High School Best Friend, Pilot, Autodidact Cory was my best friend in high school. To this day, he remains one of my [...]

By | 2017-04-09T22:03:00+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Current Events in Education, Featured, Opinion|0 Comments

The Good News In Education We’ve Been Waiting For: ‘Capturing The Spark’ – a Book Review

Palo Alto High School English teacher David B. Cohen has done a favor for the teaching profession by writing Capturing the Spark: Inspired Teaching, Thriving Schools. The book pushes back again a tired and prosaic cynicism about the teaching profession that reflexively asserts that American education is in a sad and dilapidated state, soiled by [...]

By | 2016-12-06T18:03:37+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Book Review, Educator Professionalism, Opinion|0 Comments

Proof of Civilization’s Decline? Teacher In-Services

“All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.” --Edward Gibbon   Audacious barbarians at the gate do not always foretell a civilization’s decline. No, sometimes the changes are small and unspoken in a culture, manifesting themselves in the most surprising of places. Bemoaning a hollow cult of celebrity or decrying the perpetual [...]

My AP Scores Were Disappointing. Now What?

I awoke at 5 AM on Tuesday morning to log into the College Board’s website and obtain this year’s AP results for my AP Government and Macroeconomics courses. I spied the remains of a patriotic-looking Americana chocolate cake sitting on my kitchen counter, safely wrapped in aluminum foil. I grabbed a fork and took a [...]