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OPINION: I Chose The New Deputy Secretary of Education Myself Once

The school in which I teach, and now send my daughter to learn, lies in one of the lowest socioeconomic neighborhoods in San Diego.  Nearly all of its students qualify for free and reduced lunch, the vast majority of the students speak English as a second language and teachers teach their hearts out. But there’s [...]

Teaching in a Pandemic: Help Teachers, Help You

  Currently, I have twelve 9th graders failing and twelve 11th graders failing. I am still taking late work through tomorrow at midnight. I am taking ANY assignment, even from November. I have allowed them to redo any writing assignment as often as they would like for a higher grade. I have offered tutoring after [...]

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Teachers, If You Can’t Tell the Truth, You Might Need a Different Job

What Is “Too Political,” Anyway?  There has always been a political line in the classroom, though its definition is becoming increasingly obscure.  In 2008, I remember asking my teacher who they voted for, and they demurred, saying it wasn’t their place to say. That’s what I thought teachers were supposed to do.  And in some [...]

Dear Betsy, Thanks for the Memories

Dear Betsy,   I heard you resigned today because of all the bad things the president said at his insurrection party. You just finally had enough, huh?  Hey don’t worry, I agree with you. It wasn’t pretty. My students think so too. In fact, we didn’t like Trump’s rhetoric either. I guess we just noticed [...]

Flip That Frown Upside Down – Teaching Like a Stoic

A neighbor complains every time it snows. It doesn't matter if it's a feathery amount or a foot -- to him, the impediment of snow is too much to handle. He hates the shoveling. He hates the noise of the snowblowers. He hates driving in it. He hates the cold. He hates teleworking. The list [...]

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