Ms. Rumphius is a beloved children’s book character who seeks to make the world more beautiful. She is also the blogging alter-ego of at least one elementary school teacher in New York City.

“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” — Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Opressed

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8 comments on “About

  1. Steve says:

    Good luck.

    Thought this FB page may be of interest to you.

    “Badass Teachers Association was created to give voice to every teacher who refuses to be blamed for the failure of our society to erase poverty and inequality through education. BAT members refuse to accept assessments, tests and evaluations created and imposed by corporate driven entities that have contempt for authentic teaching and learning.”


  2. Thanks! I will take a look

  3. cthebean says:

    My favorite book and character for all time. I was delighted to encounter you.

  4. Maureen says:

    Thank you for posting this! You eloquently stated my thoughts. Opted my kids out this past fall. I am a teacher, too. Shared.

  5. Rhonda Stone says:

    Please consider reading Dr. Robert McLaughlin’s book, “A Crisis in American Education — A Love Story.” It explains in detail how he transformed an urban high school and a low income, high minority K-8 school — through methods that aren’t supposed to work. Federally-funded education research is driving public education and that research is, in word, cracked.

  6. I could read your blog everyday, all day! You say what I think, and make me feel sane again! I have been a substitute teacher for 13 years now (plus 2 early charter schools and a few long term sub jobs), trying this way and that to keep my head down and my mouth shut, and with some significant personal problems and one more long term job I worked my patootie off at, only to be told, yes, it is great if you want to stay and be paid 1/3 what a hired teacher would be paid, but if not, then we are hiring someone straight out of college, well…I have been taking some time off. My confidence has officially been shaken, yet I am completely serious, you have brought back my sanity because I get to read about all the wonderful things you’re doing for kids and why you do them, and it resonates! Keep it up gal! Thank you, and I am hoping you’ll keep up your blog, you are apparently a very multi-talented woman, just as anyone can see the “real’ Miss Rumphius is as well -another kindred-spirit thing!

  7. Paul Jackson says:

    There is a June 3 rally at 100 Wall St. at 3:30 to support striking Verizon workers.

    See attached UFT link:

    Click to access support-verizon.pdf

    I support Sanders, and there is evidence that Weingarten’s decision to have the UFT support Clinton ignores large schoolteacher support for Sanders. See attached Politico article:

    So – can we gather together schoolteachers who support Sanders for a Sanders/Verizon support group showing at this rally? It would help the Verizon strikers, make us Sanders supporters put our money where our mouth is, give us a little practical unity in the post-primary period – and help Sanders by showing that his supporters’ commitment to social justice goes beyond just showing up at Sanders rallies.

    Fraternally, Paul Jackson, Manhattan, M301

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