Category Archives: education

Welcome to College. Warning: What You Are About To Learn May be Disturbing

Grow up, or as some would say, “Man up.” The latest inane trend involves some colleges proposing to put warning labels on works of great literature. In case you haven’t guessed, I find that offensive. I am in complete disagreement with the notion of censoring … Continue reading

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Miniature Glass Figures Fit Perfectly Into the Booth

Attention, anyone who ever took high school English: As a teacher I attempted to bring “The Glass Menagerie” to life in my classroom, but make no mistake about it – seeing it performed on Broadway gives it the helium it … Continue reading

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Kenny’s Guest Post on JFK’s Assassination

As the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination approaches, many of us will be moved to remember, “Where was I when it happened?” My story is perhaps one of the more unusual ones.  November 22, 1963 was on a … Continue reading

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Regents Riot

I know I’m no longer in the system, but what I just read is an outrage. Just when we thought things couldn’t be any more abysmal at Bloomberg’s NYC Dept. of Education, some “genius,” as described by UFT President Michael Mulgrew, decides … Continue reading

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Yo Miss, You Married?

Some say there is no such thing as a stupid question. I agree. But the timing of some of my former students’ questions was really stupid. Case in point: As I completed an exegesis of a Robert Frost poem, I … Continue reading

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The Elements of Smile

Boy, I sure underestimated the caliber of writer I addressed at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Senior Center at St. Peter’s Church  this afternoon (what a mouthful – I hope there’s an abbreviated name for this place.)  First of all, … Continue reading

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Once a Poet…

Once upon a time in 1984, I was teaching a Writing Workshop at Richmond Hill High School in Queens. Two of my most memorable students were enrolled in the course: Pete and Darren.  High school classes are by nature, rife … Continue reading

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Teaching “Flim”

“Ms. Ehrlich, I wanna be in your FLIM class next term.” “Great, but it’s FILL-M,’ ” I said, stressing the correct pronunciation. “Whatever, as long as I can be in it.” The above was a fairly common exchange I had with … Continue reading

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Teacher Preparation Ad Nauseum

The recipe for success in school involves effective teaching as well as a respectable curriculum. It seems as if both are tall orders these days. If I read one more article (and now even more books are being published such as … Continue reading

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Another Snow Day

Boy, what I (and my cohort of retired colleagues) would have given for a few of these back in the day when we were still teaching in NYC. Mayor Boob-berg did the right thing today despite his earlier comments about the … Continue reading

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