Confessions of a Bad Teacher

Getting schooled.
Nov. 11 2013 12:52 PM

Schooled: Bad Teacher

Listen to our discussion about the challenges of teaching in high-poverty schools.

To listen to Schooled, Episode 2, use the player below:

Welcome to Schooled, Slate’s new podcast about education.

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This episode features two teachers with experience in high-poverty urban schools. We’ll find out why John Owens, the author of Confessions of a Bad Teacher, lasted less than a year when he left his publishing job to teach in the Bronx. Alex Caputo-Pearl is a 20-year veteran social studies teacher in South Los Angeles, and a member of the inaugural 1990 class of Teach for America. He was recently forced to transfer schools after he led a controversial effort to rewrite the curriculum at Crenshaw High School. 

Podcast production by Sally Herships.

Dana Goldstein is the author of The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession, and a staff writer at The Marshall Project.