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A Not So Graceful Exit: Why I Left Teaching

A Not So Graceful Exit: Why I Left Teaching

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Yesterday, I quit.  In the middle of the school year, I quit.  After fourteen years in education, I quit.  I.  Quit.  Quitting isn’t something I do, particularly when children are involved, so this is still quite difficult to think or talk about.  It might seem an abrupt decision to some, but for those that know me well, you know this is something I have flirted with for a few years now.  I think it started about five years ago…

I was teaching in an inner-city school in Memphis.  I loved my principal.  I loved my kids.  I loved teaching.  Now, of course, there were issues.  Too much paperwork.  Not enough hours in the day.  Uninvolved parents.  Disobedient children.  District mandates that made no sense.  Still, overall, I was happy being a teacher.  I knew that I would either drop dead teaching or they would have to roll me out in…

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Posted by on November 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Have you read the 200 ‘best American novels’? | PBS NewsHour

Over the summer, The American Scholar published two lists of the 100 best American novels from 1770-1985. We’ve combined the lists and we’re asking: which ones have you read? What is missing and what should be included after 1985?

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Posted by on November 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Peter Greene: Why I Am Not Quitting

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Peter Greene observes that there is a burgeoning number of “I Quit” letters by teachers. It has become a genre of its own. But he wants the world to know that he is not quitting.

Here is how his “I don’t quit” letter begins:

Dear Board of Education:

Just wanted you to know that I am not going any damn where.

Yes, a lot of people have worked hard to turn my job into something I barely recognize, and yes, I am on the butt end of a whole lot of terrible education policy, and yes, I am regularly instructed to commit educational malpractice in my classroom.

But here’s the thing– you don’t pay me nearly enough for me to do my job badly, on purpose.

I’m not going to make children miserable on purpose. I’m not going to waste valuable education time on purpose. I’m not going to teach…

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Posted by on November 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Peter Greene: Why I Am Not Quitting

But here’s the thing. I am a teacher. I am an education professional. I trained to do this job, and I have never stopped training and learning since I started on this path. This is my world. This is the work that I committed myself to. I live here, and that means I know more about this work than the edu-tourists just passing through.

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Posted by on November 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

7 Fancy Words that Make You Sound Smarter

In just a few seconds, you can add these pretty words to your vocabulary. How clever!

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Posted by on November 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Al Roker: Yellow Cab Passes Him, Picks Up White Man | News One

Al Roker took to Twitter Saturday night to announce that he filed a complaint after a NYC Yellow cab passed him to pick up a White man.

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Posted by on November 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

DEAR WHITE FOLKS: You Need Black Studies Classes (and Here’s Why) – News & Views – EBONY

Recent months have seen a wave of campus racism at America’s colleges and universities, including Fordham University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cornell University, Northwestern University…

Source: DEAR WHITE FOLKS: You Need Black Studies Classes (and Here’s Why) – News & Views – EBONY

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2015 in Uncategorized