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Jan 29 2012

Revisiting “The Little Engine That Could”

Last week, as I was reflecting on my role in the movement for educational equity, I randomly thought about the children’s story about the “The Little Engine That Could.”  I loved reading this story as a kid. There are different versions but basically, a long, stranded train is unable to find an engine capable and…

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Jan 26 2012

I Just Don’t Know…

I haven’t had much to say lately; and, by that I mean I have had a lot on my mind but haven’t been able to coherently formulate my many thoughts about teaching recently. Honestly, I’m just tired of being beaten down by the social forces of highly concentrated poverty. I’ve long accepted that as a…

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Jan 17 2012

The Wheels On The Bus Go Round and Round

Today was a great day! Today, we were blessed by Bess. My school was visited by Bess the Book Bus, a “mobile literacy outreach dedicated to getting books into the homes of underprivileged and underrepresented children and families.” The bus travels to schools across America, giving away free books to children and often conducting engaging…

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Jan 16 2012

MLK Musings

“It seems to me that education has a two-fold function to perform in the life of man and in society: the one is utility and the other is culture. Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the legitimate goals of his life…we must remember that intelligence is not…

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Is TFA analogous to a Holiday Inn Express? I don’t think so personally, but we have to be cognizant of those who do believe that. One of the reasons I like blogging on Teach For Us is that in a small way, I get to participate in the larger conversation about education reform. At the…

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Jan 06 2012

Airplane Analogies

A random thought occurred to me as I sat there waiting for my connecting flight to depart from Atlanta over break: on a bad day, teaching is a lot like what I’d guess is the least favorite part of an airline attendants job: reading and modeling safety guidelines. Hear me out on this one. As…

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