Farewell to the 'Charting My Own Course' Teacher Blog

After four years of highs and lows, Marilyn Rhames is ending her award-winning Education Week Teacher blog.


Am I a Racist Teacher for Not Being 'Color-Blind'?

After a small but loud group of white teachers pushback against my Ed Week op-ed about race in education, I felt compelled to follow-up with another post that doubles down while also apologizes (but only just a little).


Hiring, Firing, and Striking: How the Chicago Teachers Pension Is Killing Schools Softly

Though Chicago Public Schools took out a $1.1 billion loan to pay its bills through the 2015-16 school year, none of the money would pay the $700 million pension payment that's due again next year.


Invitation to Read: 'Racial Injustice is Rooted In a Lie'

Last week I particpated in a roundtable blogging discussion called "Confronting Racial Injustice in Schools" Education Week's Op-EDucation page, and it was sad and shocking to read the racist and culturally insensitive comments of some readers—especially because these people may very well be "educators."


Teaching With High Ropes and Wedgies: Lessons From a 7th Grade Camping Trip

A painful episode on a campground's high ropes course turns out be a surprising teachable moment for blogger Marilyn Anderson Rhames and her students.


More Problems, More Prayer: A Year in the Life of Chicago Public Schools

The National Day of Prayer is May 7, and Chicago's educational crisis tops my list of societal issues to take to God.


Why Every Teacher Can (and Needs to) Bust Out of the Cage

Classroom teachers have more power to change a school than they think.


The Good, the Bad, and the Urgent: An Honest Confession From a Teacher-Mom

I never fully internalized the power of the phrase a "sense of urgency" in education until I needed other people to have it for my 8-year-old daughter and it seemed really hard to find.


Open Letter to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis

The bid for mayor in Chicago is just heating up. Ailing teachers union president Karen Lewis is backing Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, but can he manage the city's fiscal crisis while also improving the Chicago Public Schools?


The Dark Side of Integration: What Black Kids Learn in a White School System

Veteran education writer Peter Meyer is elected to a school board in upstate New York and, just as Dr. King did in 1959, begins to question the wisdom of putting young black minds into the hands of a white school system.


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