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We Need to Shed Light on the “Discontinued”

Originally posted on Raginghorseblog:
I am heartened to see the beginning of a campaign for justice for those teachers who have been unfairly “discontinued” from the Department of Education. It is important for all to understand what it means to be “discontinued. ” It means that your years of education are now rendered professionally useless…

How to Teach the N-word

How to Teach the N-word

The longer I live, the more questions I have and the more I want to understand race in this country of ours. I have always thought about race relations a great deal, but once I started teaching in Brooklyn issues of race became my daily lived experience. I spent 11 years as the only White … Continue reading

28 Reasons

28 Reasons

I really, really hope all of you out there were able to catch the Saturday Night Live (SNL) skit/video for Black History Month that aired early this month. Titled “28 Reasons,” it’d be a great source for tomorrow, February 28th, the last day of Black History Month: I about died laughing and of discomfort when … Continue reading

Teachers: Family Tree Sensitivity, Please

Teachers: Family Tree Sensitivity, Please

First grade has brought long, complicated, detailed school projects into our life. Alexandra’s first two projects for first grade were related to her family: a family tree and a timeline of the life of a family member. As she did these projects (my god, they took f.o.r.e.v.e.r.), I was surprised to find the bile forming … Continue reading

Stupid White Privilege Revelation

Stupid White Privilege Revelation

I have written about white privilege before, and I am sure I will write about it again and again. It’s a hard topic to understand, especially if you’re a white person who grew up in a middle class family and always considered your other (mostly white) better-off friends to be the privileged ones while you … Continue reading

American Icons: Malcolm X

Tonight Adam was working his shift at the Food Coop and I was home with the kids. I was on track for an on time bedtime with the house all cleaned (that’s GOOD–when all is clean and kids are in bed and done at 8:00–that’s gonna be a productive night!), but then I made the … Continue reading

World Book Night, 2014: Cheryl Strayed!

I literally squealed with excitement when I heard yesterday that our House within our community college was selected for a second year to hand out books for World Book Night. Last year we handed out books and I swear to you, the students had the best. time. ever. doing it. I wrote about their experiences … Continue reading

Studio:Practice

Studio:Practice

A couple of weeks ago our little family went to meet our friend and artist, An Hoang, at her painting studio. I have been wanting a painting of hers for a couple of years and we finally decided to buy a small one. Additionally, Alexandra has been very interested in art for a while now, … Continue reading

Black History Month: “X” and Sam Cooke

Black History Month: “X” and Sam Cooke

I always feel torn about relegated “months” of appreciation. Historically marginalized groups should be recognized within curriculum–I have no argument with that–but I also believe that a well-constructed curriculum should explore many races/groups throughout the entire year in conversation with one another. The, “It’s February so everything we read needs to be by a Black … Continue reading