In the last few years I've had between one and six transgender students on my class roster. This is great! But where were these students in the first two and a half decades of my career? Well, they were there.
First, there's plenty of money for everyone to get the benefits that they want. There's absolutely no need to have debates about raising taxes, deficits or MMT. All such arguments are distractions. If we want to pay for things like Medicare for All, Free College, or the Green New Deal, we need look no further than the coffers of the Transnational Corporate Class.
We cannot let the fake news panic become a pretext to empower the state or the corporate elite to limit our access to the news.
It's testing season. It's that time again when my classes are half empty (half full). Students are spending hours at a time with their heads down, or staring at a screen, filling in bubbles because, in Florida, bubbles equal knowledge.
WHEN WE STAND ALONE, WE FALL. WHEN WE STAND TOGETHER, WE RISE. It's been a while since I've posted a Music Moment. This was a pretty powerful statement.
BREAKING DOWN THE ZERO TOLERANCE SCAM Many years ago I found myself in a conflict with my principal when I advocated for one of my students in the face of the school's zero tolerance policy. He was caught selling a necklace to another student. That was a punishable offense in and of itself. However, because this... Continue Reading →
HOW PUNITIVE HIGH STAKES TESTING DUMBS DOWN THE CLASSROOM An edited version of the following essay appeared in the Fort Myers News Press. It’s mid-April, so let the testing season begin. This is the time of year when parents watch helplessly as their children become increasingly anxious. Teachers lose valuable instruction time as students are... Continue Reading →