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Remote Elementary Teaching Sucks. Get Over It and Prepare for Survival

This remote teaching thing sucks, but I realize it’s not about me. What am I going to do about it? I have no magic wand to wave to make COVID go away or to have students do school the way they should be able to without all the social distancing and with all the snack-sharing, [...]

The Power of Language: Presidential Debate Edition

I try to teach my students that language has power.  There are many unfortunate classroom moments when teenagers colloquially use words they shouldn’t. Often, after saying something derogatory, students will immediately look at me and explain. “Oh, I don’t mean it like that” or “It’s just a joke.” Most of the time, I do know [...]

Betsy Devos Need to Spend More Time In Real Schools with Real Teachers

  Secretary of Education Betsy Devos needs to know more about real schools and real teachers. Hell, just real people would be good. In calling for enforcement of standardized testing policies in public schools, during a public health crisis, she once again reveals a lack of connection to the lived reality of the victims of [...]

The Revolution is Coming and Teachers Won’t Be Replaced

As schools across the country grapple with implementing online instruction, conversations about the future of education abound.  So, it was no surprise when my buddy sent me this podcast: How To Test Out of College While You’re Still in High School.  It makes the case that college is frivolous and with some minor efforts and [...]

Staying Within Law: Special Education Teachers and IDEA

Although it’s been a rough start to the 20-2021 school year for most school districts in the United States, school districts are still required to meet the service needs of their special education students. Under IDEA, the Bible for Special Services, also known as the Individuals with Disabilities Act, denotes in detail what our special [...]

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