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Alyssa Lyons
Alyssa Lyons is a multiracial mother, an educator, and a recreational philosopher of all things inequitable. She holds a BA from Lehman College in Political Science and Africana studies and a master’s degree in Politics and Education from Columbia University. Currently, she lives in the boogie down Bronx with her family.

Entries by Alyssa Lyons

It's Not Only What You Say, But How You Say It: On Language and Class

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 9:03 PM

Passing by Columbia University on Broadway and Amsterdam on my morning stroll to work, I noticed a flyer tacked to a lamp post as I waited to cross the street. The advertiser was offering linguistic lessons to non-native speakers to help them adapt to Standard English. The ad also offered...

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Was die Menschen wirklich sagen, wenn sie über die Haare meiner Tochter reden

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2014 | 10:14 AM

„Wow, sie hat so wilde, verrückte Haare", sagte die Stewardess. Wir waren gerade auf dem Weg in unseren Familienurlaub nach Jamaika, als mal wieder eine Person die Haare meiner Tochter kommentierte. Ich betrachtete mein Kind, als wir in Miami in das Flugzeug stiegen, und die Worte „wild" und „verrückt" waren...

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Why Celebrities' Racist Rants Don't Matter So Much

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 1:21 PM

The American public is quick to demonize people who are blatantly racist. When Justin Bieber was exposed for a racist jingle and joke, the public was quick to distance themselves from him. When secretly recorded audio revealed that Los Angeles Clippers owner Don Sterling...

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5 Reasons The Common Core Isn't Working

(3) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 4:54 PM

Pundits and popular opinion alike agree on one facet of the education debate in the United States -- our educational system failing. The Common Core has been the much politicized solution to the failings and inequities of our educational system, and this New York City educator has a bone to...

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What People Are Really Saying When They Talk About My Daughter's Hair

(74) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 12:37 PM

"Wow. Look at her wild and crazy hair," the flight attendant remarked. Here we were, gearing up for our family vacation to Jamaica, and yet another person was commenting on my daughter's hair. I looked down at my toddler as we boarded the plane in Miami, and the words "wild"...

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