Vivett Dukes

Posted Nov. 12, 2018

How My School Blocked Me From Teaching ‘The Hate U Give’

While “The Hate U Give” is a best-selling book and top-rated film, I’m getting some real pushback from my administration about having my students read the…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted May 7, 2018

11 Teachers Who Aren’t Afraid to Keep It Real

I have a confession to make. I used to hate the term “teacher voice.” Not only because it sounded like edu-jargon (Why only one “voice”?…

By J. Gordon Wright

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Posted Apr. 4, 2018

Hope and Outrage: Put Some ‘Respek’ on ALL of Dr. King’s Dreams

Outrage: Martin Had a Dream Today, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination by memorializing his work and his life. But is this…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 18, 2017

VIDEO: I Fight Against the School-to-Prison Pipeline for My Students and for My Husband

Every day during the week I teach Black and Brown kids at a school in the ’hood. Then every Saturday or Sunday I visit my…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted Sep. 22, 2017

Damn! NO Black Teachers Are Being Hired? This Is Crazy!!

I have a serious inquiry for school administrators: Is a teacher applicant’s race a factor when you consider hiring them? Let me be more specific:…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted June 14, 2017

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

I have never been much of a proponent of charter schools. I am the proud product of traditional public education from kindergarten through 12th grade…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted June 1, 2017

I Got an Email That My Former Student Graduated and I Wish His Dad Could Have Seen Him

Last Friday I had a fire in my apartment. Everyone is fine, thank God, and I’ve been taking care of the clean-up, paperwork and phone…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted Mar. 8, 2017

I Told My Daughter She’d Better Not Become a Teacher Like Me

“Make sure you contribute to the TDA [Tax-Deferred Annuity]!,” I hear. “Teachers retire as millionaires!,” I hear. I listen faithfully and every paycheck a deduction…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted Jan. 9, 2017

What Two Young Black Men Had to Say About the Importance of Reading

My students and I began reading “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” a few weeks ago. It’s a challenging read, vocabulary-wise, but they’re…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted Dec. 22, 2016

Here’s What a Good Student Teaching Experience Looks Like

The most important element of my pre-service teaching experience was my cooperating teacher, Keri Crocco. She welcomed me into her seventh-grade classroom at North Shore…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted Apr. 22, 2019

Every Time I Think About Leaving the Classroom, My Students Remind Me Why I’m Here

Last week, teaching almost killed me. Again. I was driving home from work, having stayed later than typical for a meeting and some organizing. The…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Apr. 23, 2019

New EPA Proposal on Pollution Could Lead to More Students With Asthma Missing School

How could my students succeed if they were not able to come to class? It was a question I used to struggle with constantly. Prior…

By Kunal Sindhu

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Posted Apr. 19, 2019

Wealthy, White People Are Still in the Business of School Segregation

What’s causing school segregation? Some people say charter schools—I say it’s White people.   Before y’all get upset, I’m not saying it’s all White people—just…

By Tanesha Peeples

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