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I Am A Student, and I Stand Against Students For Education Reform (SFER)

Originally Published at Teacher Under Construction “Empowering students to advocate for change.” It’s as if this organization was made just for me–just read my headline! If you take a few seconds to search around my blog documenting my vision, my involvement with students through mentoring and being a teachers assistant, my aspiration to be a future teacher, and restless … Continue reading

Chairman Mao, the Lunchroom, and Teacher Talk?

Originally published at educatedtodeath.com A fellow teacher called me Mao Zedong at lunch the other day, and rather harshly too. This comment, though harsh was, from her point of view, warranted. We were in the lunchroom at the “teacher table” having our general lunchroom conversation. Teachers were discussing how the day was going, blowing off … Continue reading

Will The Show Go On If Nothing Changes?

I recently read the post about whether being a classroom teacher is how one envisions themselves.  It is a challenging question.  When I was the age of my students, if someone had asked me, “Do you want to be a teacher?” the answer would’ve been an emphatic, “Good God, NO!”  I never wanted to be … Continue reading

No Controversy Allowed! On Getting Kicked Out of a Middle School

I wanted to share a recent post I wrote for Common Dreams, a progressive news site. Here are a couple excerpts: Imagine our surprise when ten minutes after the presentation we found out that the second one was canceled. The principal – who’d come in a few times during my presentation but wasn’t able to … Continue reading

Empathy’s Role in Education

Check out this TEDx talk by Sam Richards, a sociology professor and co-director of Race Relations at Penn State: At the Institute for Humane Education, we identify four elements as key to providing quality humane education. They include: Providing accurate information about pressing issues and challenges of our time. Fostering the 3 Cs of curiosity, … Continue reading

Teaching for America? Teaching for the World

Tom Friedman’s op-ed in The New York Times, “Teaching for America,” is yet another cry for major reform of our education system, but this time with a twist: for the sake of national security. As Friedman writes: “When I came to Washington in 1988, the cold war was ending and the hot beat was national … Continue reading

Why Are We Afraid to Explore Issues Essential to Our Children’s Future?

Last May I had a busy day doing MOGO talks out of state. (MOGO stands for “most good,” a short way of thinking about what does the most good and the least harm, which is the basis of my book, Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life.) I … Continue reading

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