"With few exceptions, the public school teachers I’ve known over the years are among the most committed people I know, working long hours for relatively little pay on one of the most important tasks of our society – educating our children. Yes, the tenure system has to be reformed, and a few teachers aren’t doing a good enough job. But these aren’t the real problem. Our public school teachers have become scapegoats for a system that’s underfunded, underequipped, underappreciated, and overwhelmed."- Robert Reich, economist

"With few exceptions, the public school teachers I’ve known over the years are among the most committed people I know, working long hours for relatively little pay on one of the most important tasks of our society – educating our children. Yes, the tenure system has to be reformed, and a few teachers aren’t doing a good enough job. But these aren’t the real problem. Our public school teachers have become scapegoats for a system that’s underfunded, underequipped, underappreciated, and overwhelmed."

Robert Reich, economist

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When a white teenager named Steve Lohner was stopped by the police last month and refused to show his ID after carrying a loaded shotgun on the streets of Aurora, Colorado (the same city where a mass murderer killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a packed movie theater in July 2012), the teen walked away with nothing but a citation.

But when a 22-year-old black kid named John Crawford picked up a mere BB gun in a Walmart store in Dayton, Ohio last week, customers called the police, who then shot and killed him.

Here lies a racial disparity that’s difficult for honest people to ignore. How can black people openly carry a real gun when we can’t even pick up a BB gun in a store without arousing suspicion? The answer in America is that the Second Amendment doesn’t really apply to black people.

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— Keith Boykin, "Does the Second Amendment Only Apply to White People?" (via holygoddamnshitballs)

toddparr:

I’m getting an early start! Happy Banned Book Week everyone! Celebrating the freedom to read. September 21st - 27th, 2014.Love, Todd

toddparr:

I’m getting an early start! Happy Banned Book Week everyone! 
Celebrating the freedom to read. September 21st - 27th, 2014.
Love, Todd

Getting Comfortable, a project from Ms. Schmidt

watchjuliateach:

watchjuliateach:

We’ve started another project in my classroom!  We’re working on getting comfortable in Readers and Writers Workshop!  Please consider making a donation (any bit counts) towards my project.  If you use the code INSPIRE during payment, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar!  

I can’t even begin to tell you how much this project would help my students!  Imagine being 11 years old and having to sit in chairs that are almost too small and way too uncomfortable for almost two hours straight.  It’s not fun!

If you can’t contribute financially, please consider sharing with your friends!  Every little bit helps!

Thank you to Nicole for your donation! It was matched dollar for dollar!

We have about $600 to go! Please help us get comfortable!

Boost!

staff:

Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)