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Teaching For Social Justice: 2013 Recap

I wanted to complete one more blog post before the end of the year, but couldn't figure out a topic that made sense. As I was scrolling through my twitter feed I saw a lot of "year end wrap up" posts and decided to poach the idea for myself. I write this blog as a way for me to reflect on issues in teaching and education that I care about. If it gets read by anyone other than myself, then that's just a bonus!

2013 was a really productive year for myself. I have had the privilege of teaching full-time in a classroom for three and a half years now. I view each day as a challenge and opportunity to grow as an educator. I love that I get to teach social studies every day and have the opportunity to work with at-risk youth. Working with this population has its challenges and benefits, but I have found that it is a job that compels you to act outside the classroom to advocate for the rights of students.

Since most recap posts use lists, the following is a list of accompli…

The Problem with Education is...

Everyone has been a student at some point in their lives. Everyone has had to endure bad teachers and benefited from great ones. Many of us (including myself) have felt marginalized by the education system as students when we had to memorize useless facts for a test or fought against the tyranny of the "hat rule" as high school students (I really love hats and hate that rule!)

It is because of these experiences that many of us feel we can comment on the education system and the teachers within it, as there are many stakeholders involved. Teachers, parents, students, and the greater community are all impacted by the success of our schools and our students. However, I think it is time that teachers need to stand up and claim our status as the proficient professionals and intellectuals that we are. For too long have we sat idly by having to endure bad education policy and the dictates of failed theories that came before us.

All of us, including parents and teachers, often rever…