Tom Rademacher

Posted Oct. 29, 2018

The Country Is Massively Polarized But Our Classrooms Don’t Have to Be

I am heartbroken at us. I am heartbroken at what we, as a country, have proven to be. I am heartbroken at our last week,…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Oct. 1, 2018

Before I Come to Your Classroom, Let Me Show You Mine

Hi. I’m going to spend the rest of the year traveling to classrooms all over the country and talking about the things we are doing…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Sep. 5, 2018

Arne Duncan’s New Book Made Me Feel Awful But You Should Totally Read It

I just finished hate-reading Arne Duncan’s book, “How Schools Work.” I didn’t hate the book, but for so many reasons, I really hated reading it.…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Aug. 9, 2018

To Future White Teachers, Here’s a Resource Guide So You Don’t Have to Ask Your Co-Workers to Explain Racism

Yes, I’m addressing you directly as White teachers. That may feel uncomfortable. You’re going to have to get over that, or this is going to…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted July 16, 2018

I Want So Badly to Be an Anti-Racist Ally and Yet I Still Mess Up Sometimes

“Dear @MrTomRad, we have a lot of common peeps and I respect your work. While I can appreciate what you’re trying to do with this…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted July 10, 2018

That’s Right, Kids, We’ve Totally Ruined the Country. Consider It a Gift.

This post generated a lot of thoughtful responses to which the author has written a reflection reconsidering his approach to race in this particular piece.…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted June 27, 2018

The Necessary Work of Teachers Unions Just Got a Lot Harder

By all accounts, it’s about to be a lot harder for unions to do the work they do, starting tomorrow. There are smarter and better…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted May 29, 2018

One of My Most Conservative Students Shares What It’s Like to Be in My Class

My learning this year has been greatly assisted by a number of students willing to be honest with me. One of them, Alec, is the…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted May 29, 2018

I’m Really Damn Liberal, and My Students All Know It

Social justice teaching is not, or should not, be about teaching students what to think. We should teach critical thinking, teach about empathy and with…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted May 8, 2018

So This Is What You Call ‘Teacher Appreciation’?

It’s Teacher Appreciation Day. But I have to admit it’s kind of a weird time to collect a free burrito and feel “appreciated.” In some…

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Posted Nov. 7, 2018

This Teacher Just Made History by Becoming Connecticut’s First Black Woman Elected to Congress

From the moment I first heard Jahana Hayes speak, I knew that she was special. Riding back from a track meet, I came across her…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Nov. 13, 2018

I’m a Teacher and I Stopped Saying the Pledge of Allegiance a Long Time Ago

Good morning students. Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Nov. 13, 2018

Yes, We Need to Fund Our Schools, But Only If We Update This 100-Year-Old Education System

Here in New Mexico, we’re about to get more money for schools, but we don’t know yet how that will translate into better learning for…

By Seth Saavedra

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