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Is it MY fault that I Hold My Students to High Standards?

Today I was asked why so many of my students, previously “rock stars” in English class with grades of 90% and above, now have much lower averages.  Correction:  the question wasn’t even posed to me. It was asked of one of my colleagues after some of my students and their parents complained about the lower… Continue reading Is it MY fault that I Hold My Students to High Standards?

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To Understand Why Rachel’s Fighting, You Need to Understand What NYC Schools Are Missing About Student Discipline

When Rachel walked into my office, she was holding the side of her face.  The nurse came in and cleaned up any open wounds she saw. The whole time Rachel sat there quietly. I asked her if she wanted any water or needed anything.  She told me “no.” “What happened, Rachel?” I asked.   “I don’t… Continue reading To Understand Why Rachel’s Fighting, You Need to Understand What NYC Schools Are Missing About Student Discipline

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Letters from John: A Prison Education After a High School of Hard Knocks

This is Part 7 of my series “Letters from John.” In Part I, I wrote, “I’m in a beautifully loving marriage to John Dukes, a man who is truly one of the greatest human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. My husband is also incarcerated. During our friendship, courtship, and marriage, John and I… Continue reading Letters from John: A Prison Education After a High School of Hard Knocks

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Guest Post: We Don’t Have A Diversity Problem in Education; We Have a Racist Problem

White supremacy. For many, it is a term that conjures imagery of White men in white hoods surrounded by burning crosses. It is not a term that, for most, conjures imagery of public schools, teachers and students. Instead, in a never-ending project to avoid speaking honestly about race and education, Whites liberally employ terms like… Continue reading Guest Post: We Don’t Have A Diversity Problem in Education; We Have a Racist Problem