Trenches and Tenure: a teachers view on ed reform

I did my student teaching at a Minneapolis Public School. I taught a freshman class and two sophomore classes. You could walk in the school and see the multiple shades of brown that make up the student body in inner-city public schools. When you walked down the hall you would hear the typical teenage conversations,… Continue reading Trenches and Tenure: a teachers view on ed reform

Arrested For Disrupting School: Is your school Spring Valley High?

Wanting to stay in class can apparently get you arrested. After it gets you brutalized by a grown ass man. Arrested for disrupting school is apparently a thing. This is what our education system is. This is what schools feel like. Like most people, when I saw the video I was in shock. It is… Continue reading Arrested For Disrupting School: Is your school Spring Valley High?

Uncommon Schools With All Too Common Solutions: how the emphasis on effective teaching undermines justice

I was walking down the hallway during study hall. I shouldn’t have been in the hallways but it was 8th period and I was a senior. In other words, I didn’t give a shit. When I turned the corner I ran into my Street Law teacher. I don’t remember every detail of the conversation, but… Continue reading Uncommon Schools With All Too Common Solutions: how the emphasis on effective teaching undermines justice

Reading the World: Schools vs. Society

For the better part of the last decade I’ve been a high school social studies teacher. I’ve spent a considerable amount of energy during that time explaining to students that taking education seriously and going to college was the path out of pretty dire circumstances. Even though I do my best to tell them the… Continue reading Reading the World: Schools vs. Society

On Trusting and Order: a response to City Pages

Recently, there has been heightened attention paid to issues of equity in education, and closing what is commonly referred to as the “achievement gap.” Most recently Susan Du wrote an article for the City Pages which illustrates the fundamental failure of this discourse. The article examines the current tensions and conflicts arising from Saint Paul… Continue reading On Trusting and Order: a response to City Pages

What Educators Can Take From #BlackLivesMatter

“each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.“- Frantz Fanon Who would have thought from the obscurity of a small suburb of Saint Louis ┬áthis generation’s most influential movement for justice would be born. The murder of Mike Brown galvanized communities across the country: they were sick of… Continue reading What Educators Can Take From #BlackLivesMatter