Andrew Wilk

Guest Blogger

Adjunct Faculty, Parkland College

Champaign, Illinois

Andrew Wilk teaches both English and English as a Second Language (ESL) at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, and during the 2014-15 academic year he was nominated for the Teaching Excellence Award at the college in recognition of his work in the classroom.

In addition to teaching at both the secondary and college level, he worked for many years in the private sector, holding professional and administrative positions in advertising, journalism and healthcare.

Wilk has published over 100 commentaries on topics ranging from politics to education, and he has also published a novel, “A Day at the Fair with Chili Boy.” He writes on his blog, Common Sense.

He received his B.A. from Yale University and M.A. from the University of Connecticut, and he holds a Professional Educator License in Illinois.

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Posted Sep. 16, 2016

Our Classrooms Could Use a Little Bit of Silence

I recently watched—for perhaps the hundredth time—the mother of all classic horror movies, the original 1931 Dracula starring the incomparable…

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Posted July 14, 2016

We Are Wasting Our Students’ Money and Time

Just as any other teacher, I send my students out the door at the end of the school year with…

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Posted June 17, 2016

Scandals Don’t Just Happen in Politics, They Also Take Place In Our Classrooms

New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles: These cities and countless others across the United States have dealt…

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Posted May 24, 2016

Illinois Is Trying Out a New School Discipline Law, But Will It Make Schools Safer?

Perhaps it is to be expected in our politically polarized country, but opinions about the state of discipline in our…

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Posted Apr. 11, 2016

Will We Still Do Right by Kids When the Money Runs Out?

Over the last couple of decades we have seen a parade of federal education reforms—No Child Left Behind, Race to…

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Posted Mar. 24, 2016

‘Counterfeit’ Diplomas: We’re Killing Our Kids With Kindness

I recently had my developmental (remedial) English students complete an essay assignment that required them to read and respond to…

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Posted Mar. 1, 2016

What Will It Mean to Be ‘Educated’ When a 99-Cent App Can Do It For You?

We already know that rapid changes in information technology are changing the way that we deliver education. Computers in the…

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Posted Feb. 10, 2016

What If Community Colleges Could Save High School?

I began teaching as a mid-career change after many years in the private sector, and my business mindset followed me…

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Posted Jan. 27, 2016

The Hardest Part of My Job Is Telling Students They Aren’t Prepared

I teach English at my local community college, which puts me in constant contact with students of every age and…

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Posted June 20, 2017

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Posted June 14, 2017

I Always Hated Charter Schools. Until I Put My Kids on the Waitlist.

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Posted June 16, 2017

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