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Your dispatches from the belly of the beast are always highly informative, a joy to read and explain much of what we observe with math teachers newly birthed from the ed schools. A couple of other books in a similar light are Mortimer Smith's 1949 classic "And Madly Teach" and Rita Kramer's "Ed School Follies: The Miseducation of American's Teachers" (1991), both almost as good as "Confessions of a 21st Century Math Teacher." 😉

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Thank you. An extension to "Confessions" (which I'm glad you enjoyed) is "Out on Good Behavior" which shows what teaching is like in a world divided over what is "effective teaching," and how one survives in it.

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If it leaves you uncomfortable and offends you, then I recommend you do not share it.

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What is the point of this comment? It sounds as if you are scolding a small child, which I can assure you Barry most certainly is not. His lived experience may not jive with yours-we are not sheeple, and are entitled to our own reflections.

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I’m not sure what to tell you. I can’t share the writings of a person who suggests privilege isn’t a real thing; I’ve wanted to share his stuff, but that throwaway comment at the end means I can’t do so in good conscience.

By attempting to convey nuance and carefully explain what bothered me, you read my tone as condescension. I drafted that three times trying to get it right. It’s hard to talk about these issues, which was my point. That final throwaway line treated difficult topics as a punchline, which I pretty obviously don’t think they are. I sincerely hoped saying something might make him realize that and be more careful.

Sincerely wanted to help protect someone I respect from being hurt by a throwaway line. That was all. I’ll unfollow and stay away, you win. Thanks.

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You believe your entitled to lecture a grown man about their tone? Maybe he’s not the problem.

Good day.

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The comment’s deleted. Thanks everybody. Good luck with your work.

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