All posts by: marilynr

7 Questions about the Coronavirus that Point Us to God

Photo credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV) The... Read More

Why Every Educator Needs to Run a Marathon

I am a marathoner. I just earned that title after running the Chicago Marathon last month. What was my time? I finished. Anyone who seeks to understand American public education needs to run at least one marathon. Yes, pounding the... Read More

We Need More Ed Policymakers like Fred Rogers

I was probably about 4 or 5 when it happened. It is my earliest memory of getting angry and punching somebody. I was sitting in my living room, minding my own business, watching “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on our black and... Read More

What Kanye West & Kim Kardashian West Teaches Us About How Faith Shows Up in Schools

Marilyn Anderson Rhames is the founder and CEO of Teachers Who Pray, a faith-based nonprofit that has more than 165 chapters nationwide. She taught for 14 years in the Chicago public schools, after spending her early professional career as a journalist for outlets... Read More

Who Wants to Spend Eternity With the Teachers at School?

Meet Gloria Cookson, a teacher in Maine who prays every week with her colleagues and can't imagine going to Heaven without them. ... Read More

There is No ‘Dr. King’ Without the Gospel of Jesus Christ

This week, from coast to coast and all around the world, people of all races, faiths and creeds will pause to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He will be heralded as a freedom fighter.... Read More

My First Assignment: Haiti

Who knew that I’d write my very first post on my new self-titled blog in a van traveling up a winding, pothole-riddled gravel road on a 5,000-foot mountain side in northern Haiti? Only God could have planned this. Perhaps it... Read More

Sexual Harassment Happens in Our Schools and It Happened to #MeToo

Matt Lauer. Harvey Weinstein. Bill Cosby. Charlie Rose. Garrison Keillor. The list just keeps growing. But for every celebrity who has been fired or sued for sexually harassing or abusing women at work, there are a dozen cases where women... Read More

A Chicago Principal Dies Fighting to Give His Students the Best Education Possible

What if every teacher approached his or her work with a legacy in mind? What if all educators viewed the future of other people’s children—i.e., their students, not just their own biological kids—as a significant part of their legacy? I... Read More

Dr. King’s Legacy of Equal Education Echoes in the Voices of Today’s Black Teachers

Fifty years ago today, one of the strongest advocates for equality in education and society at large was silenced. With the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, African-Americans across the country mourned the loss of a man whose... Read More