Barbie Doll Teachers: Is That What We Want?

Should teachers be politically androgynous?  Barbie Dolls, besides lacking correct anatomy and proportions, perpetually smile-at everything. Their vapid expressions often connote brainlessness or at least ignorance. In essence, Barbie Dolls are passive, happy toys. For some Americans, the ideal image of a teacher is similar to that of a Barbie Doll: pleasant, non-confrontational, amusing, and... Continue Reading →

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I am Wasting my Time Teaching about “Shithole” Countries!

....I have taught New York State Global History and Geography since 2003.  So, according to the current resident of the White House, I have been teaching about shithole countries for fifteen years. What a fool I am!  I’ve been wasting precious class time!  American students don’t need to learn about everyplace in the world.  The leader of... Continue Reading →

I am Mrs. Deyshia Hargrave

And so are the 3.2 million public school teachers working in schools across the United States.   On Monday, January 8, 2018, Ms. Deyshia Hargrave, a veteran public school teacher, questioned the Vermillion Parish School District’s Board of Education’s decision to raise the salary of Superintendent Jerome Puyau (by over $30,000). When speaking at the meeting, Ms.... Continue Reading →

Teaching While White…

The 2017–2018 school year has brought new opportunities for this veteran teacher, including the challenge of advising the Umoja Step Team, a cultural dance group at the suburban high school where I teach. Previously, I outlined my amazement with this group in my piece, “My Classroom is a Dance Floor,”   which highlighted my first months working... Continue Reading →

What choice do I have?

Choosing criminal behavior over a legal right. Driving into work on a snowy December 12, 2017, I heard an Alabama voter interviewed on NPR lament that he felt compelled to vote for Roy Moore. Although he said that his wife had decided to refrain from voting, he an evangelical Christian, said: “What choice do I... Continue Reading →

The Great American Witch Hunt

The story of Mrs. G, a modern witch in sensible shoes. Mrs. G rises from her desk, crosses the room, and forcefully grabs a tissue from the box, part of the bulk pack she purchased with her own funds before that first September paycheck arrived. She hates herself for getting upset. She should be nonplussed.... Continue Reading →

Dear Teachers: It’s October. We are in deep.

Dear Teachers: Summer is a distant memory. It is now October. You have survived the opening day jitters. You have learned many students names. You have planned and executed over five weeks of meticulously crafted lessons. You have established classroom norms. You have read many Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). You have attended meetings and staff... Continue Reading →

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