Look for the voices who are doing the work with love, excellence and sharing. And support them.
This might hurt a little.
How young people change the world.
You can find better novels.
The test. Blech.
Districts and English departments are scrambling for “diverse” books–while some of us have been doing this work, time to continue and support.
June 21 is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. That’s only half the world. In the Southern Hemisphere, it’s the Winter one. And yet, we’re all still here together on this tiny, blue planet. Some have daylight to spare, and some are going to have more nighttime. And yes, as we spin and circle around the sun, our Northern days will begin to shrink, and Southern begin to expand. And round and round we go. And here in our own little corner of the hemisphere, the one that has a small percentage of people yet consumes mass amounts of…
I read a Tweet yesterday about “canceling Lincoln.” No one is ‘canceling Lincoln.’ But I am asking teachers to do a much better job and overhaul the curriculum and framing of the Civil War. Here are some links from the school year 2018-2019 (8th grade Humanities) and Zinn Education Resources: https://blog0rama.com/2019/05/11/backyard-civil-war/ https://blog0rama.com/2019/05/12/backyard-civil-war-text-pairing/ https://blog0rama.com/2019/05/29/backyard-civil-war-cinematic-blues/ https://www.zinnedproject.org/if-we-knew-our-history/rethinkin-lincoln-on-the-150th-birthday-of-the-emancipation-proclamation/ Cornell Notes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WT26UEwg_DImYk69wP_EPNq_n7dy7WDR/view?usp=sharing Teachers: I used this document as a shared reading piece. The students came to their own conclusions: no, Lincoln did not free the slaves. This thread by Jared Yates Sexton is also a good place to start with thinking about Lincoln’s role and…