About Gint Aras

Gint Aras has two decades of experience teaching, over ten of them in a Chicago-area community college. He writes a weekly column, True Community, about young men and education. His writing has appeared in St. Petersburg Review (forthcoming, 2014), Antique Children, Criminal Class Review, Curbside Splendor, Dialogo, Šiaurės Atėnai and other publications. He's a photographer and the author of the cult novel, Finding the Moon in Sugar. Check out his website, Liquid Ink. Follow Gint on Twitter @Gint_Aras and "like" him on Facebook.

How Do You Deal With a Guy Wearing a Vulgar Shirt?

Messy room

Is anything inappropriate to wear to class anymore?

I Could Have Slept With My Professor

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A proposition leaves a young man feeling conflicted, regretful.

Robin Williams Inspired Me To Teach

Whitman

On the death of a great artist.

The Most Dangerous Word

King

A run in with a former student who believes schools fail youth.

An Egalitarian State Lets Everyone Learn

Greek statues

Feel smug about your level of skill, but don’t consider your smugness a sign of your education.

I’m Not the Only One Who Sucks?

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Just what sort of company does misery love, anyway?

A Guy Like Me Isn’t Supposed to Learn This

Who Are You

We fear education because it transforms our identities.

Don’t Have a BA? Apply Anyway, Guys

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An interview with a business man who’d hire you without a BA.

I’m A Man Who Teaches Like A Catholic Nun

Nun

It’s time to get back to the basics, whether we like it or not.

Art, Farming and a Safe Place For Boys to Discover Meaning

Sunflower

Is this a model for serious education reform? Theodore Richards and The Chicago Wisdom Project.

Guys, Change Your Scenery

Vilnius shot

The only way to beat the taxing grind is to get out of it, at least for a while.

How To Teach a Man or a Boy

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Among the most harmful things we do to men and boys is leave them to their own devices.

When Should You Accept Failure or Admit Success?

Success

A student asks the most difficult question a professor ever had to handle.

If You’re So Smart, Why Ain’t You Rich?

Billy Goat

It still remains true, especially for men, that we are primarily valued for what we earn.

Punishing Creativity

Cap and Gown

Our education culture suffers from a desire to standardize and censor.

The Young Man With No Guests At Commencement

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Some students defy the odds. Their common denominator is natural curiosity.