not so nice

This reporting deserves a Pulitzer. Now that’s out of the way, Chana Joffe-Walt and the Serial podcast is a must-listen. While I sit in my rage, my fear of personal hypocrisy, and memories of my own education and the parallel worlds of Black and brown children alongside mine and my sons’ I cannot help but feel this odd sense of inevitability, hopelessness, and also drastic change and revolutionary, explosive change. But maybe that’s just life now; maybe many of us waver between hope and despair. But if we don’t get this right, if we don’t solve this, it is my…

Series: White People Homework (20) Who?

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…

Series: WPH: Juneteenth (19)

Happy Emancipation Day! Just a few facts:The US was 3rd to last in the Americas to abolish slavery. The Emancipation Proclamation came abt partially because enslaved people were self-liberating by the thousands. Don’t let them tell you we just waited to be free.#JuneteenthDay — Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) June 19, 2020 Just a correction- an army ship arrived, they told enslaved people it would be best to stay with your masters and work out payment, there were celebrations, but there were also massacres, the next year in an act of defiance and a celebration Juneteenth was born — jennthetutor 🎓…

Series: White People Homework: Statues (13)

Take down the statues.

Series: White People Homework (12) Bad Behaviors

A quick look at school behavior programs.

Series: White People Homework: (11)

What I tried to say in this post, But Justin Schleider (@SchleiderJustin) said it so much better: I am specifically talking to White people because we are the ones who created the problem and we are the ones who need to work towards rectifying what we have done. Plus I can only speak to the groups I am a part of and understand. https://slowchatpe.com/2020/06/09/and-we-still-need-you/ Still, others may be young and just entered the field of education. You have been raised in a White bubble (like myself) and through the purposeful guidance of our communities and family, you have not fully…

Series: White People Homework: White Teachers (7)

I will try to write this as simply as I can. But it is long. Push back as needed. My first job, and one where I stayed for twelve years, was a middle school located in South King County, Washington. Being at a school for that long is an honor: I became part of the teaching and family community, and being a consistent, collaborative voice was one of my greatest joys. I am still a fan, mentor, supporter, and friend of many former students who have families and lives of their own. It’s not unreasonable for me to understand since…