If That’s What it Takes, Students Should Be Outspoken, Feisty, and Rebellious

I'm mad. I'm furious. And I feel alone. According to EveryTown for Gun Safety Support Fund, "Since 2013, there have been nearly 300 school shootings." How did we get here? How did we get to a society which broadcasts more violence and hatred than kindness and generosity? A society where people are more likely to turn [...]

Students Need “Specials”

What is the practical purpose of those "specials" kids have in school- you know, P.E., Art, Music, Library? There is even another special to simply help kids keep up with the gadgets that find their way into schools: a Technology class! Do these specials interfere with the demands for academic proficiency? Do they make it [...]

Dear TER Readers and Educators: Let’s Change the World

Dear TER Readers and Educators, I’m not asking for much, just your help changing the world.  It may sound like an overstatement, but I wholeheartedly believe that improving the American education system is the only path to lasting, meaningful change in all areas of society and citizenship.  I also wholeheartedly believe that the educators in [...]

Understanding the Proposed Education Budget for 2018

In the Spring of 2017, shortly after taking office, Donald Trump proposed an updated budget that could potentially cut education spending by about 13%. With Secretary of Education appointee, Betsy DeVos, along with statements about the Common Core and the budget proposal, many educators and districts are left wondering how these proposed changes will affect [...]

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Barbie Doll Teachers: Is That What We Want?

Should teachers be politically androgynous?  Barbie Dolls, besides lacking correct anatomy and proportions, perpetually smile-at everything. Their vapid expressions often connote brainlessness or at least ignorance. In essence, Barbie Dolls are passive, happy toys. For some Americans, the ideal image of a teacher is similar to that of a Barbie Doll: pleasant, non-confrontational, amusing, and [...]