Category Archives: Our Schools Are NOT Broken

This Teacher Can No Longer Tolerate Bill Gates’ Ignorance and Apathy

Dear Bill Gates, This is now the third letter I am publishing on teachersletterstobillgates.com, a website that, by now, you surely must be well aware exists. There have been over 150 heartfelt and emotional posts published in the nine or … Continue reading

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Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill

Chapter 5: The Eye of the Dragon As we saw in chapter three of A Year At Mission Hill, knowledge and skills are taught – in part – through school wide themes, which involve the community.  At the beginning of … Continue reading

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Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill

Chapter 4: Love and Limits Chapter 4 of A Year At Mission Hill gave me anxiety.  As a teacher of ELLs (English-language learners), some of whom have significant special needs, I pictured myself trying to teach NYS and NYC Common Core … Continue reading

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Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year At Mission Hill

Chapter 3: Making it Real Dear readers, I watched chapter three of A Year At Mission Hill with a heavy heart, almost tearful.  The way in which educators teach and students learn at Mission Hill is exactly what I’ve viscerally yearned … Continue reading

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Beginning the School Year: Building a Strong Social and Emotional Foundation

Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill Chapter 2: Beginning the Year Dear readers, As you will see in chapter two of A Year at Mission Hill, at the beginning of the school year the teachers … Continue reading

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From the filmmakers of A Year at Mission Hill

Dear Bill and Melinda, We filmed this school because we think education does need to be reformed, but not the way the current version is trying to reform it. Instead of more tests and more standardization, we’d like to see … Continue reading

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Skills go far beyond reading and mathematics

In response to Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill, chapter 1. Dear Bill and Melinda, This is the kind of school parents want for their children…a place where they can learn in an environment of … Continue reading

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