He is a great person. He really cares about the students. I don't always agree with his political views, but his classes are engaging and a pleasure to be in. I look forward to his class because I know it will consist of a great discussion that makes you think and learn. I rated the easiness a five because if you do your work and engage yourself in the class (which shouldn't be hard because his class is very interesting and makes you want to learn), you will be fine.
It would be an understatement to say that he's a great teacher; he's fantastic. He teaches you what's important and it's not about memorizing silly facts. But a lot of the work is up to you as a student, as it should be. It's your job to take notes and pay attention in his class. He isn't going to baby you or tell you what to do. Just be a dedicated student and you will be greatly rewarded. His class will definitely be your favorite as long as you stay on top of the very little work he gives.
He's absolutely the type of social studies teacher any student would want. It's not because he's a good teacher but rather his easy grading...your grade will be completely based on what you get on weekly quizzes! You can easily get a 70 or a 95!
He's a great guy, no doubt about that. But he doesn't really teach you what you need to know for regents/AP etc. He only gives one test per marking period.. which reallllly messes with your grade.
He's a wonderful teacher for his History class and goes indepth about the topics. I just dislike how he says there's very little time. He only gives one exam each marking period which is horrible because your grade is entirely based on it if you're too shy to raise your hand. Hence, my grades jumped around everywhere. His exams contains questions where you either know it or not so it's either a low or high grade. His class pulled down my GPA even with hours of studying.
Off the charts cool. He DOES NOT push anyone to do things that they do want to (If you don't want to answer, hes cool with that). NO HW! Just assigns NYT articles that keeps you up to date with current events. Very in depth teaching on government though... Needs more organization.
He's a really easy going teacher who is funny and trusts his students. I just didn't like reading articles from the new york times every night because they were confusing and boring :P You'll enjoy his class though!
they say that someone can't change you in 6 months. after having him for one term, i can say that is completely incorrect. possibly the greatest teacher i've EVER had. he's changed so many things in my life and gave my a complete new outlook on life. he's very understanding and cares so much for his students. an amazing guy and you're truly in for an amazing experience if you have him. i'm ridiculously lucky to have had him, even if it was only for a term.
he actually makes you think instead of just telling you what to think.
honestly, Mr Baskind has changed my life. They always say, theres gunna b that 1 professor in college who changes your outlook. Well in HS Mr. Baskind has been that for me.
I thank Mr. Baskind for being such an amazing and wise man. The fact that he shares his knowledge and insight with us everyday, even when we might not seem interested, inspires me.
And I will never look at the world the same. He has opened my eyes to the true value of education.
baskind is passionate about teaching. You will benefit a lot from being in his class. He'll make u crack up on many occasions...
not my most favorite teacher but certain one of the best I've seen, very devoted to what he does, and does it well
One of the BEST mentors I have ever had. History didnt come in the form of a text book--but in the fusion of ideas only he knew how to cultivate. A decade later I still "deduce" life and its history!
Indeed, the best teacher I've ever had. I had him 10 years ago for AP American, when he started at Tech. Now, I teach at Seward Park HS, where he began, and tell my own students about him. Thanks!
Hands down the most amazing, life-changing teacher I have ever had. Words don't do this man justice.
I was one of Mr. Baskind's History Thru Drama student at Seward Park High School seventeen years ago and he was and will always be the greatest teacher I've ever had. He changed my life. Thank you!
By far the BEST teacher I have ever had. Not only an academic teacher, Mr. Baskind impacts our everyday lives and futures with his teaching methods and topics. Long live the Yankees, and Baskind too.
As a former student of Mr. Baskind (10yrs ago), I must say that he is a great teacher and a great person. I learned not only great history, but he also helped to prepare me for college and life in general. He's tough, but sometimes you need some tough love. Thanks for everything Mr. B
He was the best teacher in Tech. He introduced me to Howard Zinn and Jonathan Kozol and made me think about school in a different way. He's the reason I'm going into Education.
as my teacher this guy inspired me to think more about history than I ever had before. As my guidance counselor he stayed on the phone for two hours to get me into a decent college. He's why I want to be a teacher.
best teacher EVER. he knows so much about history, his discussions in class are great. his essays are tedious, but not hat bad and so much easier than having tests all the time. he has dry humor but it makes the class entertaining. he treats it like a college class, no notes on the board and it's all discussion. he's also a HUGE yankee fan, which is a major plus of course. he's travelled a lot and he tells so many stories about where he's been. definitely an interesting class.
one of the best teachers in the whole school since he knows what he's talking about and just doesn't say what everyone else says. Plus, he's a big baseball fan which is good.
I think mr baskind is a very good teacher because not only did he teach the required material but he also discussed topics that were going on in the present. He also made class fun because of all the funny things he said. this was the first history class that I didnt feel like sleeping in.
Though his political views are VERY obvious, and he does push them a little, he really teaches you how to THINK and how to question established views. I am very greatful for a history teacher that is able to do that.
VERY COOL GUY!! teaches clearly and explains everything. learned a lot from his class very unfortunate that i only got him 1 term
this is a good teacher. he is also the only techer that can take criticism and use it to improve. though he does base his grades mostly on essays he is still cool. the one major downfall though is that if ur a conservative u might lock heads once and a wh
Have him for PIG. Great guy, good teacher but pushes his political views WAY too much. It's illegal for a reason.
ive learned the most from this teacher than i have from nething social studies teacher.. thanks
Excellent teacher. I liked how he was so opinionated--he was also fair as long as you back up all your claims. It's important to be a bit more critical about the country we live in at times--if we don't who will?
I'm not learning anything. I don't know anything about the government whatsoever. All we do is read stupid articles
honestly this man is the best teacher i've ever had in my life. i'm in college now and i've had many teachers, but this man really understands history and life.
Even though writing those papers is a pain, they really do prepare you for college. He was one of my favorites! =)
An excellent teacher. Connects key historic events to our current events. Made us think outside the box.
Very fun teacher...especially for a morning class...he keeps you awake with his jokes... keep it up Mr. Batskind
Best teacher I ever had. Changed my life. Very cool guy who makes you think. Hilarious too.
best teacher ever!!! understands the teenager and understands life
Makes you want to learn. Didn't read the book once and aced the regents with a 95. One of the best teachers at tech.
he imposes his views on his students a little too often though
he might push his views a little, but overall he's amazing. we didn't have to write boring papers. he made the class fun. one of the best tech teachers.
Would have been the perfect teacher had he not try to push his views and opinions onto his students. Sarcastic at times, which can discourage students
His passion for teaching alone makes you want to learn. His being interesting & thought-provoking didn't hurt either
He is somewhat biased, but he really makes you think... even when you don't want to...
THE BEST HISTORY TEACHER IN THE WORLD!!!!! TEACHES STUDENTS TO THINK OUT OF THE BOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Offers a refreshing view on history. He influences the student to mature intellectuallyyanregardless of their political disposition.
He's a very good teacher and I love his style of teaching. He helped me bring up my average. Thanks a lot.
he was my teacher about 6 yrs. ago and he totally changed the way i saw and see the world. if only everyone had the privilege of being his student.
Doesn't do all tha talking class. Makes his students think. Great teacher
one of the rare souls in the social studies dept who doesnt have a personal vendetta against students
this guy is weird... wat he teachers is cool but i hate his personality. pretty easy..
Amazing teacher!! really opens up ur eyes 2 history...makes students feel smart like no other teacher can...very fair
He is the kind of teacher that makes you want to learn. If only all teachers would put the same amount of passion into their work. Oh, and his tests are take home essays.
really cool, good teacher, makes you think, whats with the soul patch?
One of the best teachers at Tech!! Intelligent, caring and HONEST.
You have not learned history unless you've had his class. Jovial & intelligent
MR. Baskind is the man! He teaches the truth and opens your mind! No propoganda!
he makes history very humors and interesting when he teaches dialectically. very
Best Teacher Ever! I might major in history and teach it or go into politics now
sparked an even greater interest in history for me, may want to teach it now
unlike most other social studies teachers here, he lets us THINK& keeps us awake
baskind - great teacher; keeps his class entertained
As far as teaching goes, he’s the personification of perfection. Funny and
Definitley my favorite teacher ever - i love the in-class discussions and debate
he's a great teacher - and I thought he was a good counselor- he really cares
makes class extremely fun and is able to teach w/o having us copy tons of notes
THE BEST TEACHER IN TECH!!!!! Teaches stuff others wouldnt, and makes u think
hes the first teacher i have who can get point across wihout board full of note
very good teacher, teaches with little notes, but gets the point across clearly
This is a teacher who wants us to learn and teaches us to think for ourselves.
one of the few teachers who actually gets to the point!