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What needs a punch in the face?

I read where republican presidential candidate Chris Christie said that teachers need a punch in the face.  That we are the destructive force in our country.  I wonder exactly what he meant.  I never tried to hold a student back.  I never threatened to punch a student in the face.  What kind of potential leader says something like that?

I was not  and am not a money grubbing, more rights wanting, status quo bully for education.  I want what’s best for all students.  I don’t want to be told to leave teaching because I think differently than my leadership.  This is a potential issue when protections are taken away.

Here is an idea – lets punch poverty in the face.  Look around, every school that receives a “failing” score seems to  be located in a district with a low socio economic foundation. What can we do to punch poverty.  No student should ever show up at school hungry.  Ever.  Where is the passion to solve this issue.  I read somewhere that the United States has the highest child poverty rate of the industrialized world.  How about punching that?

Our education system needs an overhaul, our policy creators should ask teachers for input.  We have great ideas and would love to share them with you.  We should also look around the world and copy what other countries have had success with.  It is not a bad thing to get good ideas from other places.  Teachers do it all the time.

Punch poverty.  Punch racism.  Punch close mindedness.  

Never punch a teacher.  Never.

**Update: One of my best friends pointed out that I misquoted Mr. Christie: he wants to punch teacher unions in the face.  This does not change anything in my view of his words….


About Scott

My name is Scott. After 18.5 years as a high school math teacher in public education I have made the move to become a full time PhD student. This decisions was difficult, but has been one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done. Teaching in high school was an incredible experience for me, so leaving an environment that I loved for the unknown was a challenge. As I high school teacher, I taught almost every math course that could be offered. I was able to earn National Board Certification in Young Adult Math. I was honored as my building Teacher of the Year, no mean feat at Edmond Memorial High School!! My career changed as I became fascinated with educational technology and all of the things that it can do for teachers. I flipped my class. I used iPads and blogging (in high school math!!). I started using gamification and mastery learning. I changed my practice. I chose to go back to school to learn as much as I could. To bring that knowledge from academia and research to the teacher on the front line. I have had the opportunity to present at several conferences and share what I have learned with others. Its through these connections that we can be the best teachers we can for our students. They deserve it and we sell ourselves short when we don't give it. I love talking with teachers about change. About incorporating educational technology. About the power that they have to change lives. My blog space is me, it shares my passions and frustrations, my joys and my learnings. If you are interested in what I am studying, please visit my graduate school pages. If you are interested in the flipped classroom, I have some links to get your started. I would love to meet you! Do not hesitate to reach out! I would enjoy the opportunity to work with your staff or trade ideas with your teachers - let me know! Have a great day! #BeBrilliant


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