The Need for Courageous Reimagining in our Schools #AnimateMPS

I was visiting with my parents the other day and checked Facebook on my phone. My mom commented that the world sure had changed since she was a kid. I thought about that for a while. Even since I was a kid the everyday experiences of young people is drastically different. I remember trying to… Continue reading The Need for Courageous Reimagining in our Schools #AnimateMPS

My Students are Extraordinary: and, sadly, they have to be.

I’m just finishing my 8th year as a classroom teacher. I have worked at a number of schools, with a number of different philosophies and a number of different lenses through which students and families were viewed. These have ranged from simply encouraging students to show up so that the school could collect funding to… Continue reading My Students are Extraordinary: and, sadly, they have to be.

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  this 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

A (Working) Class Education

“Every day, every day” growing up my mother would motivate my brothers and me with this simple phrase. She got it from Mercedes, the busser, at Elsie’s Restaurant where she waited tables. It was the mantra in my family, every day you get up and handle your business. She was a waitress for twenty plus… Continue reading A (Working) Class Education