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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…

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…

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,…

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,…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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,…

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…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted June 6, 2019
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I’m One of the Most Well-Known LGBTQ Teachers in the US and I Was Called Out by a Fourth-Grader for Failing to Be Gender Neutral

I messed up today. I messed up, and a nine-year-old called me out. In front of the whole class. That’s right, one of the most…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted June 5, 2019

The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students

“I didn’t come here to teach those kinds of kids.” It’s alarming to think that adults charged with helping students of color succeed in school…

By Michael Prihoda

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Posted June 7, 2019
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‘I Knew it Was Time to Leave My Classroom. I Hope 20 Years Was Enough.’

Every tough decision comes with some measure of remorse for what could have been. As I finish out my 20th and final year as a…

By Anna Baldwin

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