About Ruben Brosbe

Ruben Brosbe is a fourth grade teacher in Harlem, New York City. He is passionate about social justice oriented project based learning, and finds that young people make the best activists. When he is not teaching Ruben likes to explore new neighborhoods in NYC or cook.

Considering the Case for Betsy DeVos

I am not a fan of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. I wasn't fond of Arne Duncan either. And after working under John King when he led New York's schools I didn't cheer for his appointment. But Betsy DeVos represents a different challenge to public school teachers, students, and families. I shared feelings of anger, fear, [...]

By | 2017-02-12T23:11:48+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Current Events in Education, Educational Reform, Featured|1 Comment

Teaching Survival Skills for Dystopia: Love

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, it has become increasingly clear that we are entering an abnormal era of American history. The xenophobia, religious intolerance, and white supremacy, aren’t new to life in America. But, Donald Trump’s presidency has made many of us feel that the “moral arc of the universe” is bending away from [...]

By | 2016-12-14T20:21:10+00:00 December 14th, 2016|Instruction&Curriculum|1 Comment

Skills for Survival in Dystopia Part 2: Media Literacy

In the wake of Donald Trump's election, it has become increasingly clear that we are entering an abnormal era of American history. The xenophobia, religious intolerance, and white supremacy, aren't new to life in America. But, Donald Trump's presidency has made many of us feel that the "moral arc of the universe" is bending away from [...]

Teaching Skills for Survival in Dystopia

Skill #1: Radical Imagination Welcome to Dystopia Last week I presented an argument. We should teach kids to value diversity and to speak up against bias, hate, and bullying. I thought it was a pretty innocuous idea. But by leading my post with a list of factual statements and actions taken by President-Elect Donald Trump which [...]

Teaching in the Era of Trump

Why We Need Anti-Bias, Culturally Relevant Teaching Now More Than Ever On Tuesday, November 8th America elected Donald J. Trump, a man who pushed the racist theory that President Obama was born in Kenya, called Mexican immigrants “rapists and drug dealers”, falsely insisted that Muslim citizens were complicit in the San Bernardino terrorist attacks, made countless sexist [...]

By | 2016-11-14T22:37:35+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Current Events in Education, Instruction&Curriculum|6 Comments