View from Twenty-Two

I would always rather be happy than dignified.

The conversation above started when my former co-worker posted about the additional budget cuts going into effect for the 2014-2015 school year. What followed is an awesome articulation of everything that is frustrating about how some non-educators misunderstand the issues around school funding. I’m grateful to both of my co-workers (in the yellow and purple), who did a better job explaining the problem than I’ve ever been able to. 

Clint Smith, “Perspective”

I Quit Teach for America

There are many things about this piece that make me frustrated and sad. TFA is far from perfect and should be critiqued, especially by corps members, but this perspective is extremely limited. 

A visual representation of the epic Tayor Mali spoken word poem, “What Teachers Make”

Shit Our Students Say, in (approximately) 3 words. 

Teach the Books, Touch the Heart

"In my 14 years of teaching in a New York City public middle school, I’ve taught kids with incarcerated parents, abusive parents, neglectful parents; kids who are parents themselves; kids who are homeless or who live in crowded apartments in violent neighborhoods; kids who grew up in developing countries. They understand, more than I ever will, the novel’s terrible logic — the giving way of dreams to fate."

What Teachers Make by Taylor Mali

An update to the original. Pretty great stuff. 

Found by a fellow teacher on the copier at her school.
This is why I teach for America. 

“Unlike other athletes, Frisbee people won’t let it go. My theory is that this is because there’s a huge overlap between people who are good at Frisbee and people who do Teach for America. The same instinct to make at-risk kids learn, which I admire so much, becomes deadly when turned on friends trying to relax on a Sunday afternoon in the park.”

—   Mindy Kaling in “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?”