Accidents Happen

“Accidents happen,” everyone says, but that saying has a slightly different meaning when you are the accident. There are many people on this planet who have come into the world by the sheer force of genetic will. A random sperm and a ready-to-drop egg timed with a act of love or lust or stupidity (or … Continue reading

Discussing Fear in the Classroom

Discussing Fear in the Classroom

Part of our First Year Experience program is a class called Studio. Studio is a creative space for students to practice the skills they’re working on in their other coursework via self-driven projects. This spring, I was invited to speak to one of the freshman cohorts in my House (House 4) about fear. The students … Continue reading

Sometimes, I Am Wrong

As a secondary educator and now a community college professor, I admit I don’t know much about early childhood education. I figure in pre-K, kids learn to play, talk to each other in nice voices, learn their alphabet, numbers, make some art, build with some blocks, eat some snacks, and then voila! They move on … Continue reading

End of Year Crazy

End of Year Crazy

Unlike most colleges, we are not done yet. This is the last week of class. After class ends, I’ll have 27 short stories to grade (alone), 27 reflection essays to grade (alone), and 81 final projects to grade with my co-teachers. Next week is finals, our grades are due, and we have faculty assessment days. … Continue reading

Maxine Greene, May Her Art Live Long

Maxine Greene, May Her Art Live Long

The past two years at my community college I have been in charge of the Arts in NYC course, a freshman requirement that introduces students to various art forms present in our amazing City, exposes them to criticism about/around those art forms, and has weekly experiential visits to various art institutions and artistic spaces that … Continue reading

Who Maya Angelou was to Me

Who Maya Angelou was to Me

Way back in the summer of 1997, I had just graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Cultural Studies and French. I had a summer job at Duke University Press where I xeroxed manuscripts submitted to academic journals and worked with a witty and funny handful of editors whom … Continue reading

School Terrorism

Sometimes you can’t write about something while it’s happening or right after it happens because it’s too close, too present. Even after the event is over, it lingers around you and then on you like the smoke of a stolen cigarette while out one night. Even once that fades, this thing bounces around in the … Continue reading

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