Author: Christopher Margolin

The Diary of a Young Girl: Censorship over Opportunity

Anne Frank had a vagina—as does just about every other female on planet earth. I know, shocking, isn’t it? A young girl, who stays in hiding and has no access to the outside world, has to make discoveries about herself, and one of them just happens to be that her major sexual organ is an […]

How Not to Be Offensitive

“Maybe, you might have some advice to give How [not] to be [offensitive]….” – Jann Arden “Insensitive” Offensitive – Easily offended and overly sensitive I can be fairly sarcastic, a little sardonic, and sometimes I offend people with my off the cuff remarks. There were years where I introduced myself to classes by telling them, […]

The Death Knell for Elementary and Middle Schools: Creating the New Standard for Education

I’m pretty sure it’s time to do away with all elementary and middle schools. We’ve seen enough. The students obviously know everything and since the grades don’t really matter and the permanent records only exist to taunt everyone, there is absolutely no point to Kindergarten through 8th grade. This is unfortunate for educators as it […]

You Can’t Build a Time Machine

I didn’t write my column last week. The days leading up to last Tuesday came and went, and I knew I needed to sit down and write up something, but I just couldn’t think of anything worth writing. At least that was the excuse I used. My wife kept reminding me that I needed to […]

You can’t Shame Your Way to Success

If you’re anything like the many people who step on the scale every morning, after enjoying a night – or full day of – candy, soda, and carbs, you’re probably still really angry that the count is continuously higher than yesterday’s. Regardless, you step down, glare in the mirror, and in your faux-drill-sergeant voice you […]

One-Hundred-Sixty-Three-Dollars Per Second – by Chris & Courtney Margolin

Tick: ONE-HUNDRED-SIXTY-THREE-DOLLARS. Tock: ONE-HUNDRED-SIXTY-THREE-DOLLARS. Tick: ONE-HUNDRED-SIXTY-THREE-DOLLARS That is approximately how much LeBron James will make per second of each NBA game for the next 4 seasons. Let’s multiply that by however many professional athletes in the United States, and then take a look around our classrooms. Take a look around your office. Take a look […]

The Principals of Speed Dating

Even though it’s been a handful of years since I was a classroom teacher, or even since I’ve been to the building in which I began my career, I still hold fond memories of my classroom with its decades-old yellowed-carpet, held down with duct tape, and years worth of old gum, and soda stains. We […]

Teach Like It’s The 21st Century

In the beginning there were desks. There was a chalkboard. There was a podium. There were students in rows, pencils at the ready, notebooks opened, and a sage on the stage who preached grammar, and geography, and math, but gave no thought to the students in front of them. They were there to listen, learn, […]

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Write the Real, Not the “Real”

Write the real. Notice there are no quotation marks around the word “real” in that first sentence; it’s because the words that should go down on paper are those that actually represent what actually happens either in real life, or in the thought process of real life, or in the real life lessons learned over […]

When the Sidewalk Never Ends

I don’t remember how old I was when my mom brought home a copy of Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends, but I know it’s the first book of poems that I remember reading. I still have my copies of both that book, as well as A Light in the Attic, and while both are […]

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