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How to Not Make Friends

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Want to see me alienate virtually anyone who may be reading this? Schools: You are filled with caring people, but that doesn’t change that you’re a huge institution, and institutions are sociopathic. Your instincts will continue to drive all decisions … Continue reading

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7 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Students’ Test Scores

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  Nobody likes standardized testing, but they’re here, so we might as well prepare our students as best we can. I have English as a New Language (ENL) students who, on certain testing days, test for 12 hours a day, … Continue reading

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Five Ways Teachers Waste Their Time

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  My name is Brian Huskie, I’m a National Board Certified English teacher, I’ve been teaching for nine years in an urban school district, and I spend an obscene proportion of my day busily wasting time. After some reflection, I … Continue reading

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Students Need to Do More Than Opt Out. They Need to Strike.

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Thank you Peter DeWitt for this post. Ghandi said, “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” Some version of that was in my head and on my heart when I left the school building around … Continue reading

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“5 reasons parents should embrace Common Core tests” Debunked

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It makes sense that the person with the test-prep business would want your kids to take more tests (embrace them, actually). Her actual points as to why they should take them make less sense. Your child needs to learn how … Continue reading

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12 Hours of Testing

  I’ll say it plainly. English Language Learners have 6 hours to complete each of their 5 required regents exams, and they usually take at least 5 of those hours. Oftentimes, the tests that are required of them fall on … Continue reading

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High Standards

“Some people say we have to raise standards as if this is a breakthrough. Like really, yes, we should. Why would you lower them?” Sir Ken Robinson  “The task of teaching is never quantifiable. If everything I learned in High School is a measurable objective, I haven’t learned … Continue reading

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Kids Aren’t Sick, You Aren’t the Cure

“In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use … Continue reading

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When it comes to education

I’m responding to a challenge by Scott Mcleod: When it comes to education, what are the five things we have to stop pretending? My contribution: That compliance is the same as engagement. That a teenager is a “child” who isn’t ready for … Continue reading

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It Can Be Scary

‘Your father does not know how to teach. You can have a seat now.’ I mumbled that I was sorry and retired meditating upon my crime. ~Harper Lee from To Kill a Mockingbird   “Our deepest fear is not that … Continue reading

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To the College Bound

“A consistent thinker is a thoughtless person, because he conforms to a pattern; he repeats phrases and thinks in a groove.” Jiddu Krishnamurti   You shouldn’t go to college. Don’t do it. Don’t even think about it. It’s a waste … Continue reading

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The State

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. … Continue reading

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What Knowledge Is

“…ledge, the second element in the word knowledge, means sport. Knowledge is the result of playing with that we know, that is, with our facts. A knowledgeable person in science is not, as we are often want to think, merely … Continue reading

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Diversity

“But I have said enough. I hope you will treasure up the instructions which I have given you, and make them a guide to your feet and a light to your understanding. Build your character thoughtfully and painstakingly upon these … Continue reading

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She Cheated on an Opinion Question

“We could encourage the best qualities of youthfulness – curiosity, adventure, resilience, the capacity for surprising insight simply by being more flexible about time, texts, and tests, by introducing kids to truly competent adults, and by giving each student what … Continue reading

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