Articles by: Belle Chesler

 The “Great” Reopening Or Setting America’s Schools Up to Fail

 The “Great” Reopening Or Setting America’s Schools Up to Fail

Seventeen years ago, against the advice of my parents, I decided to become a public school teacher. Once I did, both my mother and father, educators themselves, warned me that choosing to teach was to invite attacks from those who viewed the profession with derision and contempt. They advised me to stay strong and push through when budgets were cut,[Read More…]

by August 20, 2020 World
Teaching Across an Abyss of Silence

Teaching Across an Abyss of Silence

Do you hear that silence? That’s the absence of footsteps echoing through our nation’s public school hallways. It’s the silence of teaching in a virtual space populated with students on mute who lack a physical presence. It’s the crushing silence of those who are now missing, who can’t attend the classroom that Zoom and Google built. Maybe you heard the[Read More…]

by May 11, 2020 World
Belle Chesler: Making American Schools Less Great Again 

Belle Chesler: Making American Schools Less Great Again 

A Lesson in Educational Nihilism on a Grand Scale  Three weeks ago, I sat in a cramped conference room in the large public high school where I teach in Beaverton, Oregon. I was listening to the principal deliver a scripted PowerPoint presentation on the $35 million budget deficit our district faces in the upcoming school year. Teachers and staff members[Read More…]

by April 19, 2019 World