How Gregory Salcido Sullied the Teaching Profession

"We have a bunch of dumb sh**s over there..." California high school teacher Gregory Salcido said, in the midst of his classroom discussion with his teenage students. "They're not academic people, not intellectual people. They're the freaking lowest of our low..." The video, recorded by student Victor Q. (who wishes to join the United States [...]

How a Nationwide 5G System Would Impact Students

On June 29, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act, creating a "national system of interstate and defense highways." The work to create a national system of highways, now something we seemingly take for granted, was nearly an unprecedented public first waged by President Franklin D. Roosevelt with a bill of the [...]

Coaching the Coaches: the Benefits of Instructional Coaches

Many teachers consider themselves to be coaches rather than just instructors. We are not just imparting knowledge, but we are there to mentor our students and develop them into becoming better thinkers, writers, readers, doers.  We don't bark orders, rather we kneel down and workshop papers and assist in labs and calculations. It is reasonable to [...]

Teaching: Taking on the Moral Imperatives (Part II)

So now you're fierce, are you? Fierce like, how? For Part II, I want to talk more about being fierce. It's not just standing up against the onslaught of union-bashing and data mashing designed to demean teachers. It's being unafraid to fight for what kids really need And it's about actively pursuing greater understanding in order [...]