Let Them Eat Cake: How Teachers Can Resist Banned Words

Used with permission from Susan DuFresne Let Them Eat Cake: How Teachers Can Resist Banned Words Words never uttered can be extremely significant. Often the perception of words said (or unsaid) carry more importance than truth. In October of 1789, Marie Antoinette did not look down at the swarming hordes of fishmonger women storming the Palace on Versailles and... Continue Reading →

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The Unequal United States — Which State is the best to teach in?

Divide and conquer. This piece was originally published in the Bad Ass Teachers Association Blog. In one of the Facebook groups that I follow, a member posed this question: “Just out of curiosity: what’s the best state to teach in, and why?” A flurry of comments came in — 347 comments were generated from that... Continue Reading →

Finish this: “Public Education is…”

“Public Education is DEMOCRACY!” That is how I finished the prompt on the March for Public Education's Facebook Group query. (Please join this group of over 13,000 people by clicking the underlined link.) Yes, all caps are needed. Yes, it warrants an exclamation point. Yes, public education is not just a part of the American... Continue Reading →

Why the title: Teaching in Trump’s America?

Place, time, and history. After recently asking a colleague to write about a wonderful teaching technique he employs, he told me that Teaching in Trump’s America was too political for him to be involved with during this time in his career. I respect this person’s views. I can understand why many teachers are historically reluctant... Continue Reading →

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