All posts by Yousef Alqamoussi

Yousef Alqamoussi has authored works of fiction, poetry, short stories, and essays, including "The Massacre of Heartbreak Morrow", "chapter one: Costa Rica", "poems" (2019), and the “GenEd” series on education. He earned a master's degree in Education and teaches secondary English and History. He lives in Detroit.

GenEd: Kill the Mockingbird, Already!

As a serious study of American racism, Harper Lee’s "Mockingbird" is shallow, misleading, and actually quite dangerous.

GenEd: Dumb Kids

Stop telling kids they're dumb by not telling kids they're dumb.

GenEd: “Real Words”

Ordering minority groups to “speak proper English” suppresses and negates their culture and identity.

GenEd: All Testing Left Behind

Testing, not kids, is what's failing across America.

GenEd: The Roads Not Taken

Doctor. Lawyer. Pharmacist. Engineer. If all else fails, be a teacher. "It is concerning—if not blatantly outrageous—that an entire community’s sense of accomplishment boils down to these narrow, shallow, and utterly invalid standards of success."

GenEd: “Ladderal” Moves in Education

"We are not going to reform decades of educational malpractice by replacing chalkboards with smartboards, notebooks with chromebooks, instructional texts with instructional video...that is, gimmicks that continue to shove kids up the 'education' ladder. The problem is the ladder itself."

GenEd: A Cocky Teenage Girl and The Weeknd Changed My Life (Part Two: Abel)

If you don’t know who Abel Tesfaye is, then you are culturally illiterate.

GenEd: A Cocky Teenage Girl and The Weeknd Changed My Life (Part One: Lama)

Lama sat me down and made me humble. Then The Weeknd showed me that only losers go to school.

GenEd: Sucking Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree

...until we stop blaming this “new generation” for sucking, we must first admit that sucking doesn’t fall far from the tree. These kids are in fact the report cards of what we’ve put into them.