Tag: education

Fireside Chats: Dehumanization or Why You Need to Drink a Beer with Your Neighbor

Check out my episode “Episode 3: Dehumanization, Intro” from WithLoveFromRebelAllianceFiresideChats on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/withloverebel/episodes/Episode-3-Dehumanization–Intro-e236l0 Advertisements

Fireside Chats: Agendas and Other Nonsense

Check out my episode “Fireside Chats: Agendas and Other Nonsense” from Heather Charles on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/withloverebel/episodes/Fireside-Chats-Agendas-and-Other-Nonsense-e203rb

My Shitheadery Saved Me

When you grow up poor you face an entire social structure that has the same force as gravity. It is there to drag you down until you reach the center of the earth and know your place. I get asked a lot how I managed to escape gravity, and the honest answer is that I

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How I Learned to Talk to Anyone, Including Ann Coulter Loving Conservatives

My Grandma Amanda was the baddest bitch I’ve ever known. She crawled out of  a brutal depression poverty. She rode on a motorcycle through Prague when the Iron Curtain still divided Europe. She divorced her philandering husband when this was still a radical act for women in the 70s. She became a single mother and

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The Beautiful People that We’ve Ruined

It has taken months for me to figure out how to write this post. At first I ran away from it, avoiding it, burying it, rejecting it. Then I spent a long time trying to find a way to wrap it in a pretty bow and make it nice. It was always there in the

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Fuck You, There is No “New Civil Rights” Movement, You Haven’t Finished the Last One

I hear a lot of rhetoric about how education is my generation’s Civil Rights issue. It’s a nice thing to say and hear and it makes elite graduates feel good about their two year commitments. And the thing is, I won’t use the rhetoric because of what it says about affiliations, but I do agree

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The Charter World’s Dirty Little Secret: “Counseling” Kids Out aka Getting Rid of the Kids We Don’t Like

I am very protective of my students. I feel like a Mama Grizzly Bear and I feel like that about all of them. I call them “my kids” and I don’t even want to have my own kids. I love teenagers, I really do. I find something to love, something that is beautiful about each

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We Need to Re-Evaluate Gender in Schools

I have a long standing affinity for and good relationships with smart alleck-ey male students. If you know me, you know why I have that affinity. Mostly it’s because I was/am far worse than any of them could hope to be. I had a lot of really brilliant male friends growing up. Few of them

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