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Here’s Why I Will Teach Standard English in My Classroom

Kimberly Wilkins, April Williams, and Antoine Dodson (i)-- You probably don’t know their names, but have likely laughed...

Hard Truth: Good Relationships With Students Do Not Mean They Learn

In the aftermath of non-traditional instruction (NTI) school closures, as I reflect on the whirlwind that has been February through now in...

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Is Against Police Union Endorsements But Seems to Think Teachers’ Union Endorsements are Just Fine

This past weekend Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a fellow Queens native and upcoming Democratic superstar, had this to say about the New York...

On Distance Learning, A Teacher’s Words of Advice: Keep It Simple

So, I’ve been doing this virtual learning thing with students for a week (really three days, but who’s counting?). After a ridiculously...

No Easy Choices Except to Be Kind (and Butt Out!)

If we are to survive the stress and uncertainty of this year’s school reopenings, we are going to have to learn how...

Teachers Unions Call for Police Reform But Refuse to Look in the Mirror

This week, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and subsequent outcry over police brutality, the National Education Association and...

Nothing Stops Mothers Against Senseless Killings from Helping Kids Learn—Not Even COVID-19.

One year ago, Mothers Against Senseless Killings was telling Block Club Chicago about their plans to open a community school on the corner of...

American Society Is Rigged But Not in the Way Tucker Carlson Imagines

Just when it seemed like 2020 couldn’t get any worse, a horrific video of the killing of a handcuffed and helpless Minnesota...