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After two and a half years teaching at Homestead Senior, I made one of the most difficult decisions of my life–to leave. Why I decided to leave? I still can’t logically explain it. Nothing was wrong. I had the best students, the best administration, I was doing so much, getting kids to learn, to invest…

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Oct 03 2014

Top 5

It has been a very long time since I last posted on this blog. Toward the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, my inactivity was mostly self-imposed — I had transitioned to a new college access role and was too busy to write anything substantive. (Though that’s hardly an excuse, since I’ve never been and likely never…

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Sep 16 2014

This blog has moved!

Visit garyrubinstein.wordpress.com for a stable copy of this blog and for new posts.

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Jun 08 2014

The Graduation…

A couple of weekends ago, I made a very short trip back to Memphis, my third in the two years since I left. The sole motivation for this trip was to see the first freshmen I’d ever taught graduate from high school. Of course, I got to spend quality time with some of my dearest…

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May 04 2014

Open Letters To ‘B-List’ Reformers I Know. Part 3: Michael Petrilli

With social media, I suppose I can say that I ‘know’ someone if we’ve sent tweets to each other over the years.  This is the case with Michael Petrilli.  He is executive vice president of The Fordham Institute, and, according to his bio on their site, he is “one of the nation’s most trusted education…

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Apr 25 2014

My visit to New Orleans

Follow this link to get to the post on my new blog location. Unfortunately, teachforus.org is not being maintained anymore so it has been crashing for about three months.  I do think that TFA is behind this, but I don’t want to waste energy writing about it. If you subscribe to this blog, please subscribe…

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Apr 16 2014

Arne Debunkin’

A little over three years ago, I first encountered Arne Duncan when he spoke at the TFA 20 year alumni summit and described the miracle school Urban Prep.  He implied that this school had a 100% graduation rate and a 100% college acceptance rate, which inspired me to investigate this clam leading to my very…

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Mar 17 2014

Keeping Important Pinky Promises?

On the subway yesterday, I saw this advertisement for KIPP: The claim is that “Our K-12 public schools promise to see each child to and through college.” One problem with this claim is that even in the most generous study possible, KIPP’s own, only a third of students who completed KIPPs middle schools eventually graduated…

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Mar 13 2014

The Alumni Survey…

At a dinner a couple of weekends ago with other alums, we got on the topic of the alumni survey. This was perhaps not by chance, as one of my dinner companions was on the alumni team here in Philly. We shared our concerns with one question in particular, the “How likely are you to…

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Mar 05 2014

Breaking the Silence around Sexual Harassment/Abuse

A male student calls another female student “fat” in the hallway between classes. A rumor is spread about incriminating pictures of a classmate sweeping through school through Instagram. A male student calls his teacher “sweetheart.” A staff member squeezes the shoulder of a colleague in the hallway. This weekend, I reconnected with my passion: advocating…

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