Andrew Wilk

Posted June 20, 2018

A Thank You to The Parents, Students and Teachers Who Dare to Demand Better From Our Public Schools

As we come to the end of another school year, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the teachers and parents who have dared to…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Jan. 19, 2018

Too Many Students Drop Out of Community Colleges. Here’s How We Fix It.

“Persistence” is a buzzword most educators at community colleges hear a great deal. We know too many community college students enter classes in the fall…

By Andrew Wilk

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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 Bela Lugosi. The movie is…

By Andrew Wilk

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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 with scandals involving their public…

By Andrew Wilk

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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 public schools fall into two…

By Andrew Wilk

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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 the Top, the Every Student…

By Andrew Wilk

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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 an editorial in The New…

By Andrew Wilk

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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 classroom, “Bring Your Own Device”…

By Andrew Wilk

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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 into the classroom: I expected…

By Andrew Wilk

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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 circumstance who are hoping that…

By Andrew Wilk

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Posted Sep. 21, 2020

Advocating for My Students Requires Being Political on My Own Time

With election season upon us, like clockwork, the collective efforts to stifle the political opinions of educators has begun. Navigating this climate requires a nuanced…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Sep. 17, 2020

Yes, White Teachers Still Need to Be Ready to Talk to Students About Race

“What’s the difference between a killing and a lynching?” The question popped up on my phone through the Google Hangouts app I installed in March.…

By Desiree Mitchel

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Posted Sep. 22, 2020

I Hope I Never Lose Another Student to Suicide

“I’m going to end it!” Unsure of what I heard, I questioned back, “End what?”  Her response was, “My life!” This brief encounter led to…

By Jill Miesner

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