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.

"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
I hope to pick this up again this summer. The preface by Sartre alone is worth reading. 
#TheWretchedOfTheEarth #WretchedOfTheEarth #Fanon #FrantzFanon #colonialism #imperialism #colonies #decolonize #oppression #resistance #defiance #injustice #inequality #JeanPaulSartre #Sartre #existentialism #Algeria #Africa #globalization #book #history #read #education #educateyourself #bethechange #punkrockteacher #teacher #learn
"…A good life, a meaningful life, a life in which we can enjoy the world and live with purpose, can only be built if we do more than live for ourselves."
- Eric Greitens
The book is definitely worth a read. I know a lot of folks are against the military—or at least militarism—but the author was and is motivated to defend and help the less fortunate as both a USN SEAL and a humanitarian volunteer. He, like many if us educators, felt a compelling call to do something more. Each of us is called to serve in different ways. Check it out and judge for yourself. 
#TheHeartAndTheFist #EricGreitens #Navy #Seal #veteran #service #volunteer #humanitarian #help #protect #defend #serve #TheMissionContinues
You might immediately conclude that this meme is photoshopped. Maybe. But have you seen protest signs lately? Clear reminders that we need to ramp up our spelling, grammar, and punctuation lessons. Perhaps this woman’s signs indicate that this is not a recent problem in edjucayshun, though. 
In all seriousness, how much different would our world be if there was more cultural education across our curricula? How much better prepared would our students be as young adults entering college, the military, or other work knowing more about various groups of people and their backgrounds? How would that affect business and GNP? Trade negotiations? How would it affect foreign policy? Diplomacy? Troop deployments? Peace processes? How else do you think incorporating cultural education (learning about different cultures, including languages, world religions, beliefs and customs) would positively impact our students, the US, and the world?
#education #teaching #learning #students #protestors #demonstration #antiimmigrant #xenophobia #immigrants #immigration #ignorance #spelling #grammar #punctuation #culture #culturaleducation #economy #peace #understanding #teachers #students #future
"All good cretins go to heaven."
Rest in peace, Tommy Ramone (Thomas or Tamas Erdelyi). The last of the four original Ramones passed away in Queens, NYC on Friday after a battle with bile duct cancer. 
#TommyRamone #Ramones #TheRamones #drummer #producer #punk #punkrock #legend #NYC #Queens #HungarianAmerican #cancer  #punkrockteacher
The legacies of colonialism and imperialism are still with us today in various ways, from imposed artifices like borders (and resulting and persisting conflicts), to our perceptions of each other and even ourselves. Making our world a better place requires that all of us—but especially educators—work to decolonize society’s mindset from traditional and historical paradigms, such as conqueror/conquered, master/slave, exploiter/exploited, etc. These models invariably involve abuse, injustice, oppression, and violence. To “decolonize” for me is not a mission to “fight fire with fire”; and it’s not about “political correctness” or “reverse discrimination,” either. On the contrary, it’s about equity and equality, justice, morality, ethical practice, dignity, humanity, and a better tomorrow for all who inhabit our world.
#FrantzFanon #education #school #decolonize #teacher #educators #learning #teaching #praxis #imperialism #legacy #oppression #colonization #history #justice #equity #equality #attitude #esteem #dignity #humanity #punkrockteacher
The legacies of colonialism and imperialism are still with us today in various ways, from imposed artifices like borders (and resulting and persisting conflicts), to our perceptions of each other and even ourselves. Making our world a better place requires that all of us—but especially educators—work to decolonize society’s mindset from traditional and historical paradigms, such as conqueror/conquered, master/slave, exploiter/exploited, etc. These models invariably involve abuse, injustice, oppression, and violence. To “decolonize” for me is not a mission to “fight fire with fire”; and it’s not about “political correctness” or “reverse discrimination,” either. On the contrary, it’s about equity and equality, justice, morality, ethical practice, dignity, humanity, and a better tomorrow for all who inhabit our world.
#FrantzFanon #education #school #decolonize #teacher #educators #learning #teaching #praxis #imperialism #legacy #oppression #colonization #history #justice #equity #equality #attitude #esteem #dignity #humanity #punkrockteacher
Funny, but not so funny. 

No one wants to go to Teachers Camp, but it would share the same lack of funding simulation. 
#theonion #funny #humor #satire #notfunny #spacecamp #teachingcamp #camp #summer #summercamp #simulation #funding #education #schooling #punkrockteacher
A repost from the amazing tattooer @mykerios. What struck me about this post, though, was how easily the word “man” can be replaced with the word “student” and how relevant that statement is to a teacher’s praxis. 
Is there such a thing as a lazy student? Or is a “lazy student” just one that has not yet found what interests her/him? And if that is the case, then how much of this “laziness” is the effect of a teacher’s instruction, attitude, and/or interaction with her/his students? 
#MykeRios #tattoos #tattooer #teachers #teaching #learning  #students #lazystudents #school #education #lazy #unfortunate #work #engage #engagement #relevance #praxis #curriculum #attitude #rapport #punkrockteacher