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Nicholas Ferroni is a revered educator and historian who mentors his mostly lower-income students with deep personal commitment and care. This former actor turned teacher, writer, and host was recently named one of the 100 most influential people in America for his commitment to education reform as well as developing a "Teach the Truth" campaign to incorporate more minority figures and groups into the high school social studies curriculum. Nick was also named one of Men’s Fitness Magazine’s “25 Fittest Men in the World,” an honor generally reserved for prominent athletes and actors. He has received national attention by numerous educators and doctors for his unique and innovative methodology in successfully reaching contemporary and urban students, and has been featured in various academic and scholarly journals. Nick is currently developing two history show pilots, one of which he will be hosting, and is currently working on his celebrity charity book titled The Awkward Album, which will reveal some of our most beloved celebrities' awkward and insecure moments during their childhood, and show every child that everyone (including our most beautiful celebrities) goes through awkward and insecure moments in their youth. You can follow Nicholas Ferroni on Twitter @NicholasFerroni.

Entries by Nicholas Ferroni

You Are Never Too Old for Prom

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 11:37 AM

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In a previous blog, I shared a story about Brittany Mason, a model and former Miss Indiana, who was so bullied and terrorized as a teen, that she never attended her own prom. After discovering this, I decided to ask Brittany...

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Model Finally Attends Prom, 10 Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 9:19 PM

When you first see model Brittany Mason, you can't help but be captivated by her beauty, charm and infectious smile. When she enters a room, all heads turn and are drawn to her natural elegance, charisma and glow. I know because I could not take my eyes off...

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Dear Mom, Happy Mother's Day and I'm Sorry

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 4:29 PM

Dear Mom,

I sat down to write your usual Mother's Day card but, this time, I couldn't do it. It just didn't feel right to write my usual: "Mom, I wish you the happiest Mother's Day. Love Your Son, Nicholas." In my 34 years on this earth, excluding the...

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What Your Average School Lunch Looks Like

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 10:32 AM

I know this is hard to believe, but the quality of food that vendors are providing for school lunch is actually better today than it was in the recent past. However, the health of our youth seems to be getting worse and worse. If the price of lunch is cheap,...

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What My Students Think Is The Best Way to Engage Students

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 1:41 PM

In my years as an educator, I have spent the majority of my time with teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, and I have come to one certainty: teenagers say some of the most profound, and most entertaining, things you could ever imagine. A day doesn't go by...

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What It Feels Like to Be a Teacher (in a Six Second Vine)

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 4:06 PM

It is impossible to sum up what a teachers does, and goes through, on a daily basis... So, my students and I decided to do our best to help people get an idea of what it feels like to be a teacher. We feel this sums it up as best...

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I Spent the Entire Day With Lance Bass and Michael Turchin, and Now I'm... (VIDEO)

(14) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 9:36 PM

With marriage equality a hot topic in politics and the new media, it seems that everyone, and I mean everyone, has an opinion on same-sex marriage and the LGBT community, from religious zealots who believe that homosexuality goes against God to right-wing Republicans who believe that homosexuality will destroy American...

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What My Students Think About School Lunch

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 5:41 PM

In my years as an educator, I have spent the majority of my time with teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, and I have come to one certainty: teenagers say some of the most profound and entertaining things you could ever imagine. A day doesn't go by that...

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Promposal: the Movie

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2014 | 7:33 PM

As a veteran educator, I have had the pleasure, year after year, to be around some of the most talented and inspirational students there are anywhere. I am also reminded that, not only does chivalry still exist, but it is more apparent now than in any other previous generation, including...

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What My Students Think About Being Popular

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 11:55 AM

In my years as an educator, I have spent the majority of my time with teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, and I have come to one certainty: Teenagers say some of the most profound, and most entertaining, things you could ever imagine. A day doesn't go by...

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What My Students Think About Standardized Tests

(3) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 1:39 PM

In my years as an educator, I have spent the majority of my time with teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, and I have come to one certainty: Teenagers say some of the most profound, and most entertaining, things you could ever imagine. A day doesn't go by...

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What My Students Think Makes a Great Teacher

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 5:53 PM

In my years as an educator, I have spent the majority of my time with teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, and I have come to one certainty: teenagers say some of the most profound, and most entertaining, things you could ever imagine. A day doesn't go by...

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What My Students Worry About the Most

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 11:17 AM

In my nine years as an educator, I have spent the majority of my time with teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, and I have come to one certainty: Teenagers say some of the most profound, and most entertaining, things you could ever imagine. A day doesn't go...

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What My Students Think About Mike Sam

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 3:04 PM

In my nine years as an educator, I have spent the majority of my time with teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, and I have come to one certainty: Teenagers say some of the most profound and most entertaining things you could ever imagine. A day doesn't go...

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Those Who Changed History but Won't Be in the History Books

(5) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 7:50 PM

As a history teacher, I have read and taught about every figure in our textbooks and curriculum. Some are more than deserving of their recognition and immortalization in school texts nationwide, while others just happen to be very lucky that they were chosen for one reason or another. Now, as...

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Finding Supermen and Women

(6) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 7:05 PM

This summer is truly the summer of the "Attack on Teachers and Education." Nationwide, politicians, supposed experts and corporations are forcing states to adopt horrible policies for their profit and, even more disturbing, are closing down schools that they claim are "failing our children" while putting all of the blame...

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Mind, Body and SoulCycle

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 12:42 PM

I always enjoy my trips to Los Angeles; there's the weather and, as long as I'm not working, it gives me time to catch up with friends. But most importantly, I get a firsthand look at all the new and improved fitness trends. Maybe it's because people on the West...

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How Chris Christie Let Down New Jersey Youth

(6) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 2:08 PM

Let me begin by saying that I am a proud Jersey boy. I love New Jersey; I went to Rutgers; I teach history in a New Jersey high school and, when I was a kid, I said I was going to be a New Jersey Senator (which I still will...

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How Would Justin Bieber Stack Up Against Historical and Iconic Figures Twitter

(3) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 2:14 PM

With Justin Bieber becoming the first person to reach 40 million followers on Twitter (nearly eight million more than President Obama), it has become appallingly obvious that we no longer judge people based on character, integrity or even their contribution to society, just their number of followers on Twitter, Instagram...

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Crash Chorus: Griffin House

(3) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 5:18 PM


Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, once said "Without music, life would be a mistake," and I couldn't agree more. Life would be a mistake without music. Music brings people together; it helps us heal; it has led to cultural and social revolutions; we have an emotional attachment to music, and, as an educator, I have found music to be a very powerful tool in the classroom to help educate and engage all students. There is no denying music's role in history and in our lives, and there's no denying that musicians have helped change the world as much, if not more, as politicians and armies. But, for some reason, music and the arts specifically (which includes music, art and drama), are being eliminated from schools and curriculums, and, as a result, it will directly hinder creativity and damage so many children in ways that won't be apparent until years from now.

As a nationally recognized educator, and a strong advocate for the need, and necessity, of the arts in schools, I can't imagine I would be the creative, empathetic and intelligent person I am today, if it wasn't for my art classes throughout my youth. If love is an international language, then music is truly the only universal language, and the only constant which brings people together and crosses all culture barriers. So, to show the power of music and its ability to transcend all cultures and ages, I bring you "Crash Chorus," a series where, along with a famous musician or artist, we crash a random location, and allow strangers (of all ages and backgrounds) to rewrite the lyrics of one of their most popular songs. Then, our musician will lead them in song, with the revised lyrics, but the original melody or beat. Prepare to be entertained. This week's special guest: beloved singer-songwriter, and one my all-time favorite musician's, Griffin...

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