Teaching humans, not machines 

Valencia High School teacher Casey Cuny could feel the energy in the room. 

After more than two decades of teaching — 18 of them in the William S. Hart Union High School District — Cuny had a feeling that his mythology students were not in the right frame of mind for him to continue with his lesson.  

Some were staring at the clock, some out the window. Others were looking around at some of the couple dozen posters that line Cuny’s classroom walls — movie posters from franchises like Star Wars and Superman, famous writers such as W.E.B. DuBois, famous athletes like Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali, and music artists such as Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra and Kendrick Lamar. 

So, he stopped, told his students to stop, and leveled with them.

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