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Michelle Obama and Why Teachers Need To Embrace Critique

June 3, 2014 Jose
US First Lady Michelle Obama

Every time someone says something, anything, about teachers, without fail, a naysayer always nags how it’s a conspiracy against teachers as a whole. For instance, a recent commercial about the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum started with a father asking his boy, “You like your teachers this year?” to which the boy replied, “Sure.” […]

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How The Book Is Going So Far

June 1, 2014 Jose

People often ask me how I do everything I do, especially surrounding my book. I can’t reveal it all, but even my typical Saturdays aren’t that typical. Yesterday, I took a three-hour National Board exam, unprepared due to circumstances beyond my control. Then again, everyone told me this test should be no sweat because it’s […]

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Hope Makes Teaching More Than A Job

May 25, 2014 Mr. Vilson
i-love-lucy-chocolate-factory-scene-belt

Goodness, that last EduShyster’s interview was epic. There’s a whole piece that we didn’t even get to share with you because, well, it would hurt some people’s favorite bloggers / heroes / activists’ feelings. Really, the biggest difference between Audrey Watters’ awesome Twitter interview pre-This Is Not A Test and EduShyster’s recent, also awesome interview […]

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Teaching and Leading While Black (On My Visit To The White House)

May 13, 2014 Jose
Arne Duncan

Nancy Flanagan’s recent post on teacher leadership finally gave me the push to dive into my experience in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hosted us. The function was part of the White House’s new initiative, White House Social, a series of events for people who engage with the […]

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Retroactively Paying It Forward (On The City – UFT Contract)

May 1, 2014 Mr. Vilson
Michael Mulgrew, Carmen Farina, and Bill de Blasio

In case it hasn’t already flooded your airwaves already, the De Blasio administration and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) reached a tentative agreement to finally get teachers their just due. While I haven’t pored over the details of the contract, I’m certainly happy with any salary increase at this point. After four years without […]

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Without Some Affirmative Action, Bros Won’t Look At You

April 23, 2014 Jose
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Book Con. Miami Device. Vox Media. FiveThirtyEight. I see any argument against affirmative action as invalid. Time and again, I see clear examples of situations where there was a rather conscious decision to exclude because of “fit,” which is just doublespeak for “whatever’s normal and profitable to us.” Which is often to the detriment and […]

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