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Apocalyptic teaching in 2012: skate or die

[Cross-posted from Classroots.org.] I believe in negotiating curriculum, instruction, and assessment with students. I believe in inquiry and erring on the side of students’ pursuits over that of the state. I believe in asking students what they want to do and asking myself how I can help them accomplish their goals. I don’t think we … Continue reading

Permission to speak: content classes, democracy, and the end of school

This year I agreed to teach social studies instead of language arts. In return, I asked to teach civics and economics in multiage classrooms rather than to split preps – or plan lessons – for multiple social studies courses. As a result, I’m re-learning familiar lessons in an unfamiliar place – the “content” classroom. In … Continue reading

The garbage we sell kids

Although each of our civics classes is at a different place, each one engaged in some pretty compelling discussion this week. A few classes tackled excerpts from this video and wound up discussing separation of powers, property rights, rule of law, and zoning. In a fit of righteousness, we wound up co-writing this statement: I … Continue reading

What makes us citizens? #bloggermarch #sosmarch

This is, perhaps, my favorite passage from the Save Our Schools March website: There is no greater mandate in education than guiding our children to act as responsible citizens engaged in their community, nation, and the world around them. Most American public schools do not do this work. They are not built to do it. … Continue reading

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