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An Ugly Truth About Ugly Christmas Sweaters (Dec 24, 2018)
Knitted Rudolph with a pompom nose isn't going to end the world, but is it utterly harmless? Religious displays in public schools are problematic. Where are the lines?
Four Pieces of Advice for Students and Others (Sep 4, 2017)
As we start another school year, here are some thoughts for how to navigate the world. I reflect on some standard advice I give my students.
Hats, Hoodies, and Cultural Nuance (Jan 15, 2018)
Schools obsess over what students wear on their heads. Is it really that important? Every rule is an opportunity for unequal enforcement. Choose them wisely.
If You Give a Man a Tackle Box… (Sep 11, 2017)
If someone already knows how to fish, give them a rod and reel and a spot on the riverbank, and then get out of their way. Too much reform seems to involve outsiders telling people with struggles how to fix problems, instead of giving us tools to fix things ourselves.
LeBron James and I Promise: What Does it Promise? (Aug 6, 2018)
My colleagues see this as the watershed moment where the American populace realizes the time is now to turn the tide. LeBron James is helping to open a new school in Akron.
Rebuilding the Village (May 7, 2017)
Making student discipline positive is a good but single step for a complex problem. Student misbehavior continues to be a frustrating, elusive problem for teachers and administrators.
Students Protesting During the Pledge of Allegiance (Aug 20, 2018)
What rights do public and charter school students have? How should teachers respond? The Supreme Court ruled that students don't need to observe the Pledge. At all.
Talking Politics with Students (May 22, 2017)
It’s challenging to address hot-button topics with young adults. But it’s also important. Can, or should, teachers discuss politics with their students?
The Color of Strawberries and the Curse of Knowledge (Mar 12, 2017)
Overcoming our internal biases to help others learn. Much of what we see and hear is filled in by our knowledge of the world.
The Complications of School Bathroom Policies (Sep 10, 2018)
A high school teacher reflects on the issues behind bathroom passes. Draconian policies against hall passes sacrifice student dignity for school convenience.
The Good and Bad of School Dress Codes (Jul 31, 2017)
Like any other tool in a school system, a school's dressing policy needs to teach the correct lessons, not the incorrect ones. The concept of school dress codes can be divisive. But not all motivations are bad.
Write This Down Now (Jun 26, 2017)
We’re placing too much value on memory, and not enough on keeping notes. What happened to jotting down notes?