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Clay Burell

Seoul, Korea


As a prolific "edublogger," I've made a fairly big splash in that miniscule pond writing about school reform, educational technology, and the curse of "schooliness" that retards learning in our feebly august schools. I was nominated for "Best Teacher Blog" Eddie in the Edublog Awards in 2007. Woo-hoo. (You can read the blog at Disclaimer: I post upwards of 1,000 words a day, so they are all minimally edited first drafts.)

But I'm a high school literature and history teacher too, and my passions revolve around those subjects.

In 2008, I "left teaching to become a teacher." In other words, I quit the classroom so I could touch the literary taboos not safe for work in the goody-goody-infested high school classroom. Such taboos primarily include sex, God, and politics. Tired of the oxymoronic "teaching of critical thinking about safe subjects," to quote myself, I launched a series of "Unsucky English Lectures" on my blog. They aim to make the future a saner place by "corrupting the 'good' youth." This series, targeted for students worldwide bored with their English teachers and convinced things could be more interesting if only those teachers had cojones, has made a larger splash.

The Unsucky Lectures already weigh in at 10,000 words, and I'm not even half-way through Gilgamesh.

I want to publish a revised version of these. That's why I'm here.

I'm an American who left the USA ten years ago for first Germany (three years), then Shanghai (five years), now Seoul (2 years). I doubt I'll ever live in the States again.

Interests: religion, secularism, history, culture, current affairs, literature, philosophy, politics, humor, education, Asia

Published writer: No

Freelance: No