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No, It’s Not Cool That I Work Here

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Those of you who follow me on Facebook may know that I recently resigned from my position at one of New York City’s most controversial and high performing chains of charter schools. The fact that there is ample evidence to support the claims of mistreatment and discrimination made by many former teachers, as well as students, is not the reason I resigned. I resigned because I was tokenized for my outward Jewishness at an institution that preaches tolerance and equality. If you have had enough of my sob story, feel free to stop here, for those who want some clarity, allow me to explain…

In all honesty, I was excited to start my work as a history teacher at Success Academy in Bedford-Stuyvesant. History has always been a passion of mine and the reason I chose to study it at the college level, despite the fact that the job prospects were fewer and less lucrative than many of the fields that my peers entered. The prospect of going into one of New York’s worst school districts and attempting to make a positive impact on students who grew up very different from me was something I looked forward to as my start date grew closer. I daydreamt about the discussions I would conduct with my class and when my ego was a bit swollen, I would think about how........

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