No Seat at the Table: Student Teaching on Eve of the Chicago Teacher Strike

By: Martha Aguirre
Tomorrow the Chicago Teachers Union will either accept Rahm Emanuel’s contract or go on strike. As a product of Chicago Public Schools (CPS), I am no stranger to massive strikes.

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Self-Determination Beyond Gender Norms

By: Elijah Eiler “Mr. E, when are you going to cut your hair?” A student of mine in seventh grade looked at me, half laughing, half not, not meaning to make a joke but just asking an honest question. “What?” I said, returning his half laugh and pushing my bangs back. “I like my hair.”…

When Bias is a Crayon

By: Molly Tansey My stomach was butterflies, or not butterflies, something worse. Something much, much worse. Moments away from the first lesson I would ever do with students, I wanted to run away. Feign ill. Magically evaporate. Whatever it took to put the moment off just a little longer. It didn’t help that the lesson…

The Kid Who Became a Teacher

By: Evan Taylor “…be the teacher you wish you had when you were younger…” – anonymous kid Upon first walking in classroom, you will notice the plethora of Marvel action figures posted on top of a shelf. The majority of the action figures are Spiderman, since he is obviously the one of the greatest superheroes.…

“He’ll Never Catch Up”

By: Conor Pierson “He’ll never catch up.” Those words were said sixteen years ago by one of my teachers to my father. I was at a very low point in my life, questioning whether I was following the right path. I’ve spent the majority of my life with anxiety and depression and it came to…

The Schools We Need vs. The Schools That Need Us

By: Molly Tansey Every time I drive home from the University of Georgia to the South Carolina coast, I survey the small, rural towns. Antebellum houses sit next to main streets long abandoned, quickly giving way to farms and empty warehouses. The lack of opportunity is palpable. I used to be able to just appreciate…