Series: White People Homework: Statues (13)

Take down the statues.

Highly Qualified.

There is a question that is difficult to frame correctly, and even speak: are educators encouraged to be curious? To be investigators and scientists of our world? Moreover, what obligation to we have to ensure our students (within our intellectual and academic abilities) have access to the best education possible? And how do we define “best education?” Is it a willingness and acceptance of humility and reflective failures? To demonstrate acuity and mastery with rhetoric and logic? (Thinks internally: get to the point.) What if… …a teacher who teaches world history only “believes” the world is 6,000 years old? …a…

Perception is Truth. (Until it’s not.)

The faces are blurred to protect my students, of course. I wish I could share the unredacted photo: the students are relaxed, even laughing. Their body language is engaged, there are so many things you wouldn’t see. When I snapped the pic, one student told me I was “snitching” because he thought they were in trouble. They weren’t really engaged with the instruction, but only socially with each other. When I took the picture, it didn’t occur to me that it would look like another Barbecue Becky snapping a tattle-tale image to show to cops. When I ask them to…

Open your eyes.

“They’re afraid women will laugh at them,” he said. … At core, men are afraid women will laugh at them, while at core, women are afraid men will kill them.”. –attributed to Margaret Atwood It’s okay to be scared and feel hopeless. Just not all the time. Please: do not tell me the story of how you’re a responsible gun owner. I don’t care. What I would rather hear is how you will raise a good human, never say words like “Be a man” or “Boys will be boys.” Tell me how you encourage your children and grandchildren to vote. To…

Who was….?

Many educational writers sent messages about the Parkland school shooting. I don’t want to carry a weapon. I want to carry and give a safe place for ideas and knowledge. I don’t want to be a hero with my blood, life, or body. I want to champion my students’ causes. I don’t want my students terrified, damaged, or in despair. I want my students filled with hope and creativity. I want problems presented and solutions found in our world–without fear. I want the “what if’s” of their lives to be “What if I cure cancer? What if I find cheap,…

today was a good day

My first period: my friend’s first period. Her second period. My other friend’s third period. My fourth, fifth, and sixth periods. Almost 170 students signing up and starting blogging on the Digital Dogs’ blog.  I KNEW they could do it! And, I even recognized some writers in the crowd. Those who lingered a little longer, or confessed to having Tumblrs and Wattpads. I have writer-adar. Yes, I realize their posts are not works of grand literary import. Pfft. Putting in your first HTML embed is addicting. Sharing content, and seeing your words published is this generation’s ‘Andy Warhol fifteen minutes…