Archive for April 2014

Chicago St. Pius V former pastor celebrates 50 years of priesthood

Chicago St. Pius V former pastor celebrates 50 years of priesthood
This weekend at Pilsen’s St. Pius V Church, Fr. Charles Dahm, known to most people as Fr. Chuck, celebrates his 50th year as Catholic priest in the Dominican order.  At today’s 11:15 a.m. mass, Fr. Chuck said, “I am astounded by the blessings I received in my 50 years as a priest.”  Since 1986, Fr.... Read more »

Why new Barack Obama Chicago public high school is unjust

Today, Chicago Public Schools and Mayor Emanuel announced a new selective-enrollment high school on the near North side of Chicago.  The new school—which will only accept students based on high test scores—will be built on Chicago Park District property near Halsted and Division: prime city real estate.  The new school will likely be named after... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools teacher blogger nominated for national award

Chicago Public Schools teacher blogger nominated for national award
I tell my students to advocate for themselves—so I’m going to do the same.  Because of my blog, this Chicago Public Schools teacher earned a nomination for the national Education Commentator / Blogger Award at the 2014 Annual Bammy Awards, an event organized by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.  I’m honored that my... Read more »
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If CNN's Chicagoland profiled this Chicago Public Schools teacher

I watched episodes 2, 3, and 4 of CNN’s original series Chicagoland with disappointment.  I made that clear in all three commentaries.  After my first post about the show, through a tweet, one of the Chicagoland Twitter accounts invited me to join a live chat.  My response?  “Thanks but I’m teaching in an unsensationalized Chicago public... Read more »

Teachers should not be Facebook friends with students

A New Hampshire substitute teacher lost her job because she would not unfriend over 250 students on Facebook.  Stevens High School officials gave the 79-year-old substitute Carol Thebarge an ultimatum after another teacher was charged for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student.  According a the New Hampshire Valley News, Thebarge posted on her Facebook account: “It... Read more »

When a Chicago Public Schools teacher swears in class

I admit it. On Thursday, March 27, out of frustration in my 7th period AP English Language class, I said to my class of 32 juniors, “I’m sick of this shit!  You’re being passive aggressive.  Stop it!  Yes—I.  Said.  ‘Shit.’”  Not my proudest moment in an 18-year teaching career. The following day, after I entered... Read more »
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