Do Black Lives Matter at School?

Hey, teacher: did you know that the week of February 5-10, 2018 has been designated Black Lives Matter At School? Did you know that Black Lives Matter at School is a thing? According to Teaching for Change, an organization dedicated to social justice, the first full week of February promotes three demands: End Zero Tolerance, and... Continue Reading →

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The State of Our Union, The State of Our Schools

Year One. Friday, January 20, 2017, saw the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States of America. On January 25, 2017, I hesitantly pushed the publish button — sharing my thoughts with the internet with my first piece: “I am a Feminist, but I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton.” Therefore, Trump’s ascendency and my writing... 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 →

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 →

Tonight I Saw America.

“How do you pronounce this name?” Colleagues huddle over white sheets, names neatly typed, organized in order of appearance. We, the teachers, wearing our “better” clothes, with makeup freshly applied, smile. We are happy tonight as we celebrate both the foreign and the familiar names. These names belong to students who have excelled in subjects like... Continue Reading →

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