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Teaching and Social Work

By: Daniel Bergerson People bring their fights to the community center because they can count on the social workers  there. Sahra was fighting to keep her three-bedroom apartment after a Section 8 reform forced her family into one bedroom so that her 70-year-old mother with dementia would not keep her teenage son awake at night.…

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Teacher Troublemaker

By: Evan Taylor “Here comes the troublemaker…” “You are like a little Mandela…” “You are too militant…” “You definitely are a little edgy [in reference to my fashion]” “Your teaching style is…unorthodox…” “Is that a Hawaiian shirt you are wearing in December…” “You are not raising hell, you are bringing Heaven to humanity…” “Teachers can…

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You’re More Than a Math Student, You’re a Person

By: Shane Capps I can remember my very first week in the classroom at my school. “How old are you? Do you play basketball? How tall are you?” All innocent questions. All coming from my new students — wondering who this young guy was that would be teaching them through the end of the school year.…

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Self-Determination Beyond Gender Norms

By: Elijah Eiler “Mr. E, when are you going to cut your hair?” A student of mine in seventh grade looked at me, half laughing, half not, not meaning to make a joke but just asking an honest question. “What?” I said, returning his half laugh and pushing my bangs back. “I like my hair.”…

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When Bias is a Crayon

By: Molly Tansey My stomach was butterflies, or not butterflies, something worse. Something much, much worse. Moments away from the first lesson I would ever do with students, I wanted to run away. Feign ill. Magically evaporate. Whatever it took to put the moment off just a little longer. It didn’t help that the lesson…