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When Inequity is On Display Yet Unquestioned

In School growth by rafranzdavis2 Comments

The other day I attended my local school district’s student showcase night at our high school. It was an exciting night for our family as my nephew’s solar system was selected for display and we all went to support him. I always find it exciting to walk back into my former place of employment, my alma mater, especially when it’s for such a great reason as celebrating the creative accomplishments of students. The problem is that my current self is much more aware and open to seeing the realities that are no longer perfectly normal but definitely worth questioning. I …




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On Loving the “Hard to Love” Kids

In School growth by rafranzdavis2 Comments

I remember the day like it was yesterday. A young man was sent to the office for putting his head down in class and refusing to lift it. As the young man walked by my classroom, he shook his head at me and tried to explain. As his teacher flew from his room to escort him to the office, he caught my eye and he understood to hush and say nothing. I heard his teacher say to him that he would be beaten by the cops one day and that he hoped he saw it. I could not believe my …




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When the Streets Win: A Student, Missed Lessons and The Results of Inaction

In School growth by rafranzdavis0 Comments

Lately I’ve been struggling with my decision to move out of the classroom. I taught HS math and as many math lessons that I taught, I also taught a great deal about life. My kids needed it. I taught in a school sitting in the middle of a largely “czech” town with a student population that resembled anything but that, except for AP classes. Three years ago, I met a young boy with a glimmer in his eyes that was simply contagious. He was new to our town, kind, gentle and full of life as his laughter and excitement melted …