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Posted Mar. 19, 2018

It’s Damn Near Impossible to Be a Teacher-Leader and Still Teach

A few weeks ago, I was out of the classroom. When I came back, the substitute teacher’s notes were not…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Mar. 8, 2018

Who Are We Really Protecting When We Keep Our Kids From ‘Dangerous’ Books?

It was Read Across America Week last week. Many schools celebrated with funky hats and pajama reading days and doing…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I #LoveTeaching. I Just Hate February.

Many years ago, Charlie came up to me after class and handed me a small folded-up paper on their way…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Feb. 5, 2018

Some Tips for a White Teacher Trying to Stop Being Racist

I’ve been working hard at anti-racist teaching for over a decade. I’ve learned some things. I see things I didn’t…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Jan. 31, 2018

Maybe We Should Stop Telling Kids to Be Quiet

A week ago, I sat with a group of students and asked them what the number one rule of the…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Nov. 6, 2017

I Shouldn’t Have to Go to a Conference of Black Male Educators to Realize How Essential They Are for Our Schools

For the first time in my life, I found myself in a room of hundreds of people, and there was…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Oct. 17, 2017

I Could Have Been a White Supremacist, and It’s Terrifying to Think About

The first racist thing I remember hearing is my dad calling the NBA “Blacksketball.” That sort of mega-witty racial humor…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Sep. 7, 2017

The Way We Teach Sex in Schools Is Terrible. Just Ask My Wife, a Sex Therapist.

I am a middle-school language arts teacher. My wife is a certified sex therapist and educator (and author of a…

By Laura Rademacher, Tom Rademacher

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Posted Aug. 24, 2017

I’m a Teacher and I Don’t Need More Than That. My Students Are Enough.

I have a classroom. It’s in the basement, but there are some windows. There are desks and boards and enough…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Aug. 10, 2018

My Son Was Not Going to Be a Victim of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

My son Jadon loved everything about school, until he didn’t. He was eager to learn, read, write and make friends. At 5, he had already…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Aug. 7, 2018

Here’s the One Thing You Haven’t Heard About LeBron’s New School

As a sports fan, there are few moments of near unanimous consensus of an athlete’s greatness. But with LeBron James’ unprecedented decision to open the…

By Colin Seale

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Posted Aug. 3, 2018

There’s No Back to School for the Kids Who Get Shot and Killed

Outrage: They’re Dying More than 60 youth have been shot here in Chicago this year. At least 20 of those this summer and some of…

By Tanesha Peeples

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