The perks of being a teaching artist. I get paid to see Tony Award Winning plays and lead workshops in high schools about them. #theatre #atlanta #teens #arts #education #foxtheatre #warhorse #broadway (Taken with Instagram)
Free workshops every Sunday at the Alliance. #atlantawordworks #free #spokenword #poetry #slam #slampoetry #arts #education (Taken with Instagram)
If you’re a teen in the Atlanta area, you should be at these spoken word workshops! #free #atlanta #poetry #teens #teen #spokenword #slam #arts #education (Taken with Instagram)
My students wrote letters to their unborn children today. :)
Tupac - Letter to My Unborn Child
The Chicago Tribune reports that LaShanda Smith filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of her son, who she claims was one of several 6 and-7-year olds excessively punished by a security guard at Carver Primary School on the South Side.
The school allegedly authorized on-campus security to discipline disruptive first graders, Fox Chicago reports. The children who were considered disruptive were then allegedly handcuffed for an hour and sent to an office, where they were told “they were going to prison and would never see their parents again,” attorney Michael Carin told the Tribune.
One man went to prison for health care. Not surprised.
This is a problem. More people speak up about this.
Whoever posted this obviously doesn’t know someone in prison. Trust me, they do NOT have it better.
Nobody said prisoners have it better. The point of this infographic is to highlight the fact that as a nation we are not investing in our future. If we gave every child in America the education that we’re capable of providing to them, then we wouldn’t have a need for these prisons in 20-30 years.
Less money on education now = more need for prisons in the future
This is a great graph for illuminating our countries misplaced priorities. Of course, the spending per soldier in Afghanistan alone is 1,000,000 per year, but details… I hope, though, that people see this and realize that politicians and decision makers are not ignorant to these facts. Many of them have vested interests in making sure that these facts continue.
What the chart doesn’t mention is that U.S. prisons have a disproportionate amount of black inmates—and this is also no coincidence. Job opportunities and rights are extremely different for prisoners and students as well. Our country, or our corporate overlords, are more interested in creating inmates and soldiers because both as are under control. And educated free person is dangerous to their established order.
Don’t believe me? Look back up at the chart.
On one side are those who hope to use the charter option to operate effective small schools that are autonomous from districts. On the other side are the corporate powerhouses and the ideological opponents of all things public who see this as a chance to break the teacher’s unions and to privatize education. Superman is a shill for the latter. Caring, thoughtful teachers are working hard in both types of schools. But their efforts are being framed and defined, even undermined, by powerful forces that have seized the mantle of “reform”…
After dismissing funding as a factor, Superman rolls out the drum-beat of attacks on teachers as the first and really the only problem. Except for a few patronizing pats on the head for educators, the film describes school failure as boiling down to bad teachers. Relying on old clichés that single out the handful of loser teachers anyone could dig up, Waiting for Superman asserts that the unions are the boogey man. In his perfect world, there would be no unions — we could drive teacher wages even lower, run schools like little corporations, and race to the bottom just as we have in the manufacturing sector. Imagining that the profit motive works best, the privatizers propose merit pay for teachers whose students test well. Such a scheme would only lead to adult cheating (which has already started), to well-connected teachers packing their classes with privileged kids, and to an undermining of the very essence of effective schools — collaboration between teachers, generous community building with students.
please excuse the muse.
I short poem I’m working on.
Inspired by my students.
Teachers make too much money.
Riiiggghhhttt, it’s the teachers that are driving BMWs, Bentleys, and Benzs—earning million dollar bonuses and retiring early.
A little something I wrote using stream of consciousness, a 5 minute timer, and the thoughts of students I am blessed to teach. Enjoy.
you inspire me, like comets do
in blazing skies of evanescence
you make nights turn to volcanos and rain into dreamy sunsets
you inspire me as monkeys do on zoo visits during school days
I just want to say I like the muse
I like the way you look as comets do
running through the sky
with no end in sightRead more