One teacher's thoughts on American culture, history, politics, activism, unionism, education, and life in the classroom--with a bit of punk rock's spirit and hardcore's heart.

I heard on a documentary once (probably on the History/”Hitler” Channel) that before Rommel was sent to North Africa during WWII, one of his fellow German generals asked Rommel what he planned to find there, adding that some say “men find God or revolution in the desert.” 
Rommel’s response?
“Perhaps I will find both.”
Rommel was one of the good guys in Germany when the nation was challenged by the oppression and brutality of the nazi regime. 
Rommel would later be executed for his role in one of the many plots to kill Adolf Hitler. 
The desert has been and always will be home to me: a restorative place of regeneration, of inspiration, and of hope. The desert is a place of little mercy, but one that encourages resilience and adaptability. Those that survive become stronger. 
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A bit morbid, but saw this today: Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s stolen 1934 Ford 730 Deluxe Sedan, or as Whiskey Pete’s calls it, their “death car.” The coroner said the couple were riddled by at least 50 entry and exit wounds each by shots from the posse that ambushed them in Louisiana on May 24, 1934. I’ve read the car has 187 bullet holes in it. The casino says 167. More evidence that when you live by the gun, you often die by it, too. 
#history #USHistory #morbid #death #ambush #BonnieandClyde #BonnieParker #ClydeBarrow #FrankHamer #Louisiana #1934 #classiccars #Ford #sedan #760Deluxe #Nevada #Primm #punkrockteacher
One of my favorite albums from high school. Rolling through their old hometown presently. 
#FaceToFace #DontTurnAway #punk #punkrock #music #punkrockteacher
I thought Common Core would be an improvement over NCLB and our subject matter standards, but we seem to be switching one set of poorly thought-out evaluations for another. 
While the principles of the Common Core standards (essentially emphasizing reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills) have some validity, the assessments are a joke. The shift to Common Core has shown structural weaknesses and insufficiencies (in funding and technological infrastructure, for example), but also inconsiderate of our students. The brutal length of the testing alone does not seem very thoughtful of our students. The fact that most students seem to lose focus after an hour (or less) leads me to believe that these tests, on that basis alone, are not a fair or accurate measure of their knowledge and skills. Plus, as I’ve read, teachers did not design the tests. But hey—more money for testing companies!
#CommonCore #CCSS #StephenColbert #ColbertReport #standards #education #school #students #assessment #learning #preparation #pointless #stress #confusion #inconsiderate #skills #measurement #accuracy #validity #punkrockteacher
Repost from #CFT
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Some reference materials as I plan for my Unit I on Precolumbian history. 
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…And “American history” (by which people ysually mean US history) *continues* with Native American history. 
As I continue to plan for the upcoming school year I redouble my efforts to continue to make my curriculum one that is inclusive, and one that not only reflects the background and interests of my students, but also one that contrasts my students’ backgrounds and interests in an effort to expand their world view and help them grow. 
This painting, “Chief Outina”, is by  Florida painter Theodore Morris. Chief Outina was a leader of the Timucua people of north Florida and southeast Georgia. The Timucua put up strong resistance to Spanish conquistadors who explored, murdered, raped, and robbed their way across the North American Southeast in the 16th century. Most of the Timucua died as a result of exposure to European diseases, while many others were killed in warfare with explorers and colonists. They briefly allied with French settlers in Florida. But by the 18th century they were in conflict with the British and rival Native American nations. By the mid-1800s the Timucua were extinct as a people. 
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Pretty cool that Danzig is trying to get (threaten) kids to read. I knew he cared. 
#read #reading #readingisFUNdamental #literacy #library #poster #Glenn #GlennDanzig #oldschoolGlenn #Danzig #Misfits #TheMisfits #Samhain #Verotik #punk #punkrock #school #education #students #teacher #punkrockteacher
"Freedom." Chalk art by Subcomandante Marcos of the EZLN as done by students at my school for the annual chalk art exhibition in May. Glad to see some of them know what’s up! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get a photo until about a week after the art was originally completed. 
The arts in education continue to be cut, or not to get the financial support they need in order for our students to get the quality opportunities they deserve. 
Think about it this way: how vital is creativity to inventing? To problem solving (in any number of instances)? To writing? To graphic design, marketing, and advertising? To overcoming environmental challenges? To working around a lack of funding? The arts help students develop a sense of creativity that transcends the instrument, the stage, or the canvas and covers so many crucial aspects of life. 
Art is vital. Support art. 
#art #humanities #supportart #creativity #artists #artisvital #chalk #chalkart #artteacher #artstudent #teacher #student #school #teaching #learning #life #EZLN #SubcomandanteMarcos #insurgente #Zapatistas #globalization #NAFTA #punkrockteacher
An important concept for us all to remember, especially as educators. Sometimes we’re the only encouraging or positive influence in our students’ lives. 
#encourage #positive #positivity #PMA #negative #critic #criticism #teach #learn #teaching #learning #teacher #education #educator #school #influence #quote #totd #repost #punkrockteacher