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Aaron Schwartz

Aaron Schwartz

Aaron Schwartz is a writer and teacher in the Kansas City area. He has taught high school English in two districts for fourteen years and served as an adjunct English instructor at the college level for four of those years. He was a 2016 Kansas Teacher of the Year nominee. When not writing opinions, he writes short fiction.

OPINION

A letter of encouragement, and some words of warning, to my fellow teachers

By: - September 1, 2021

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Aaron Schwartz is a writer and teacher in the Kansas City area. Nearly a month ago, I was asked to consider writing a letter of encouragement […]

OPINION

How Kansas teachers can avoid a summer of self-improvement gaslighting

By: - June 9, 2021

As the worst school year in most teachers’ careers comes to an end and summer begins, some much-needed reflection is not happening. Contrary to popular belief, most teachers continue to work throughout the summer. Most teachers’ summers include professional development and continued learning. This year especially, crucial reflection about the state of education is being […]

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The Kansas Legislature has subjected school boards to ludicrous anti-mask political theater

By: - April 15, 2021

There is no good-faith argument for removing masks in schools. That’s all that should have to be written. It’s all that should have to be said at district board meetings where now, thanks to Kansas Senate Bill 40, board members must now listen to the anti-mask arguments of community members who want to complain. Now, […]

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If Kansas schools return to ‘normal,’ then we’ve learned nothing from the pandemic

By: - March 18, 2021

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Aaron Schwartz has been a teacher in the Kansas City area for 13 years. I have my own way of phrasing an idea about bureaucracy that’s […]

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Kansas high school students could learn better life lessons without sports during COVID-19

By: - December 6, 2020

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Aaron Schwartz has been a teacher in the Kansas City area for 13 years. I love sports. I grew up on the magic of baseball, became […]

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Kansas’ COVID-19 response is an enduring moral failure

By: - November 13, 2020

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Aaron Schwartz has been a teacher in the Kansas City area for 13 years. We should all be ashamed of ourselves. There is no nice way […]