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The Easy Way Out

A mortal enemy of mine who hates when people use strikethrough because of how clichéd and needlessly ironic it is friend of mine recently brought to my attention an NPR story about a researcher studying the role of intellectual struggle in American classrooms vs. its role in Eastern classrooms. Basically, the guy finds that struggle […]

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Carrying the Torch for Indecency

I’ve been teaching high school English for four years. Until last year, at no point during my time in the classroom had I contended with serious objections to any reading material I’ve selected for my students (as opposed to un-serious objections like, ‘I hate reading’ or ‘This is boring’), either from parents or from students […]

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Saturday Morning News September 22nd 2012

Protesters overtake Islamist group’s HQ in Libya Parties Debate Meaning, Value Of ‘Redistribution’ Chicago’s Mayor Asks Court To Order Teachers Back To School iPhone 5: Apple fans, the wait is over Human traffickers ‘are cruel people’ Neil Young Comes Clean Wide Gap Remains Between NFL And Refs; League Insists On Respect For Subs ‘Fast and […]

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Robin Williams Doesn’t Exist

Or, at least, the character he played in Dead Poet’s Society doesn’t. “Carpe Diem. Sieze the day. Make your lives extraordinary!” With these words, English teachers the world over fell in love with Dead Poets Society and its talismanic teacher, John Keating. Played by Robin Williams, Mr. Keating brims with the confidence, inventiveness, and genius […]

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School Supplies (or, How Trapper Keepers Turned Me Into a Monster)

By the time you read this, I’ll have completed my first day of the 2012-2013 school year. The feelings I have experienced over the past few weeks are not altogether different from those I experienced when I was a student. Remember when your brain tricked you into thinking that you were basically bored of summer […]

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Pinterest Account

Let me preemptively apologize to anyone who showed up expecting anything directly to do with The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis, wildlife, sorcery, or lamp posts. The title is meant only to convey my near-total trepidation and the foreign-ness of the realm into which I’ve ventured for all your sakes. Like Peter, Susan, […]

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Sunday Night Speech: Do Schools Kill Creativity? By Sir Ken Robinson

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