Don’t Let Trump Give it All Away

Donald Trump hasn’t said much about education in his 69 years on Earth, but everything he has told us is terrifying. That is why the presidents of the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers found it necessary to co-author a petition affirming the right of public schools to exist, and why more than […]

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Welcome December

I don’t know about you, but I am happy to have November 2016 in my rear view mirror. The colder weather we will face in the next few months is nothing compared to the cold realities we faced on Election Night and in its aftermath. The November 8 election results for President, Congress and the […]

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Post-Election

Like all of the WEAC Region 6 members I have talked to, I am excruciatingly unhappy with last night’s election results for President, Congress and the Wisconsin Legislature. I talk to my Oregon High School students all the time about dealing with disappointment, listening to those they might disagree with, and embracing our nation’s great […]

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Your Students are Counting on You

Vote for the Education Candidates Throughout WEAC Region 6, members of the union have met with and surveyed candidates for state Legislature and other offices to determine who is best for public education, children and public education employees. All of the candidates within the region were invited to attend. When the interviews were over, the […]

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The Cure for This Sickening Election

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the difficulty of teaching high school social studies in our current political environment. Since then, I have seen numerous articles about teachers who are having the same dilemma, including teachers who work with students at the elementary and middle school level. Many teachers are wondering if it is wrong […]

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Elections Matter, No Matter What

It is impossible for us to ignore the presidential election now that the first debate is in our rear view mirror, even if we want to. In fact, given that I am a social studies teacher who has committed himself to helping young people understand the importance of preserving democracy in a number of important […]

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It’s September, So Let’s Start Talking

I love September. I really do. And I’m not just talking about the weather, which is sometimes perfect in September in Wisconsin, and, well, sometimes not. September is when I reclaim my social studies classroom at Oregon High School from whatever went on in it during the summer. Painting, floor waxing and summer school are […]

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You’re In!

As I write this, there are membership recruitment drives underway in all of Region 6’s locals. Our local union leaders are making sure everybody who is eligible to sign up is encouraged to join and talk about the union. When we meet with potential members we tell them how the union is making a difference […]

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It’s Okay to Admit that You Love Summer

August is past its midpoint. I am looking forward to getting back in my social studies classroom at Oregon High School, and all of the colleagues I know are excited to start the new school year. That does not mean we don’t love the summer. It’s not contradictory to lament the end of summer and […]

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Summer is Not Over

Sure, the Democratic and Republican party conventions are over and Fall Primary Election Day is next week, August 9. Summer School has ended in most districts. Some of us have already been back in our classrooms setting up for the new school year. Lesson planning never stops, but for many of us it is now […]

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