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

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

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