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Confessions from a Charter School Teacher — Part One

Enter Silently. Sit Down! Be quiet. Sit up straight! Track Me. I’m waiting for 100%! After a few years of teaching exclusively in strict, no-nonsense, and fast growing charter schools, I’m finally ready to tell my side of the story. In the quest to be good at my job, get the best results, and become an amazing teacher, I lost sight of why I chose this profession. I convinced students and families to attend schools that couldn’t support their needs. I primed my students for tests instead of teaching them new content. I tacitly supported oppressive and dehumanizing…

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