The RNC and the Co-opting of Language

                  I have been watching the RNC – I admit not for very long periods of time because the hatred that I see in the faces of some of the delegates and the demeaning language that spews from the mouths of some of the speakers is difficult to listen to before my eardrums burst. […]

Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas

                  I am sick of the killings. I don’t want black men shot in the streets. I don’t want cops shot by a sniper. I don’t want children shot in schools. I do not want any of this. When I began writing this blog entry only the Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights shootings had […]

Rethinking teacher beliefs

                  Recently a former colleague of mine passed away. We were both on the faculty at an urban middle/high school in Philadelphia and her passing made me think about the feelings that I had when she transferred to another Philly high school. I believed, at that time, that a teacher should have a clear […]

Gov. Wolf’ veto and a teacher’s response

                  There was an editorial response to Gov. Wolf’s veto in the Sunday Inquirer – it can be found at this link  http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20160529_Commentary__With_veto__Wolf_puts_unions_ahead_of_students.html                 The editorial was written by Sharif El-Mekki, a principal at a Mastery Charter School, and is critical of the veto because it “puts unions ahead of students.” El-Mekki suggests that […]

Team Teaching – a 3rd example

  Team teaching can be a powerful way to develop a curriculum that places student learning at the center of attention. When team teaching is grounded in principles of cooperation, social justice and innovation, it can produce teaching that is vibrant and results in an organic classroom practice that matures as the student/teacher community grows […]

Why I retired from teaching

This will at least be the beginning of the telling of this story. I recently read an article in The Atlantic that was titled ‘Why Teachers of Color Quit’. This article was brought to my attention by a former teacher friend and colleague, and the article resonated with me, making me think again about the […]

Two very different models for professional development

Since the new school year is about to begin, I am reaching out to Philly public school teachers to share some thoughts about two articles that came to my attention in the last few days. The first article was in the Inquirer from Aug 18th, 2015, and concerned a $2 million Gates grant given to […]

The ethical dilemma of teaching in the age of standardization

I recently read Richard Rothstein’s commencement address given at the Bank Street Graduate School of Education on May 14th, 2015. I would like to share some of his thoughts and then suggest some responses for teachers in public schools today. Here are some points Rothstein made in his speech (with liberties taken by this author): […]