The Bathroom Battle Is Coming to Your School – Are You Ready?

When the U.S. Dept. of Education issued its "Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students," it essentially asserted that transgender bathroom rights will be an issue that schools are expected to solve. This upcoming fall will no doubt make school bathrooms a boiling issue. Will you be ready for it? Schools have not been asked to take up a rights' issue of this magnitude since Brown [...]

The Bathroom Issue– Me, Oh, My, What Shall We Do?

I have been an educator for over 20 years, but, first and foremost, I am a mother of two daughters.  While they are grown now, heaven knows I still think of them as my little girls.  As they were growing up, I always had a fear that someone would hurt them while my back was turned. [...]

By | May 25th, 2016|Opinion|0 Comments

Teachers Must Take on Trump

As a teacher, I’ve always felt pressure to keep my personal political views out of my classroom. In fact, in New York City’s public schools the Chancellor’s Regulations which lay out a wide range of rules, regulations and policies, explicitly forbids teachers from mixing any sort of political activity with their teaching. But lately, it’s become [...]

By | May 20th, 2016|Current Events in Education, Featured, Opinion|1 Comment

How Humility Is Hurting Teachers

A favorite education professor probably told you that being humble is a trait of an effective teacher. They probably read a 2011 ASCD article about "what makes for an effective teacher" and shared it with their students. They probably also shared the notion that a great teacher continually puts others ahead of themselves. Dave Stuart, Jr. [...]

Experiences Matter in Education

I am thankful for my childhood, my family, and all the experiences I have had. I catch myself sometimes making a reflexive mental diagnosis for students who come from broken homes and bad influences.; judgments regarding why work doesn't get done, why they behave a certain way, and so on. Despite what education attackers want [...]

By | May 5th, 2016|Featured, Opinion|0 Comments