The Poetry Posse

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Elliot Silberberg remembers when, in an attempt to protect a town from certain thoughts and ideas, a poetry collection was censored into oblivion.

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Education Is Unmanly


The first male in his family to attempt college will often find himself pestered about his masculinity.

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Looking for my Voice as a Gay Teacher


Chris Friend has a teachable moment after his classroom is vandalized with homophobic slurs. All of a sudden, his own private life is the teachable moment.

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Nobody In My Life That Cares About My Future


Some young people of the underclasses are so courageous that they don’t even know it.

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Sincerity Is All That Matters

Don't judge a student by his shoes.

Gregg Primo Ventello recalls a student who reminded him that clothing and degrees don’t make the man.

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Without Rain There Can Be No Rainbows

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Rural New Zealand, 2003. An excerpt from Ryan Chin’s book about the importance of role models.

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Top 3 Education Myths and How They Affect Men

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What would happen if we admitted most of what we say to young people about education is false?

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Hope in What Work We Do

Even an empty classroom holds hope.

Michael Copperman talks about the hope and rewards that come from teaching at-risk students.

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Reading Is For Girls


If you believe reading is emasculating, guess what? You’re right.

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Tennessee Governor Proposes Free College Education

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Education is something that should be considered a right; it’s already seen as such in the rest of the developed world, yet America lags behind.

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An F for Life: How Feeling Loved in School Helps Black Boys Know Their Value


Nicole Franklin shares how boys need to feel the love from their school community to keep from emotionally dropping out of school.

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Styles of Entitlement


Our entire culture feels entitled, but men and women have different ways of expressing it.

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Boredom Is A Choice


A young man suggests that a table’s boring and there’s nothing he can do about it.

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Boom! Is This Any Way to Keep Kids in School?

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Is the new, graphic, Australian PSA worth its weight in pageviews? Christian Clifton responds.

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I Had To Kill A Guy At Work Yesterday


A student explains why he can’t take the midterm tonight.

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Will Teaching Require Hazard Pay? One Teacher’s Confession.


The fear of school shootings has forced one teacher to quit the profession she loves most.

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