By the end of this semester if I can get that student to realize that she does not need to appear "white enough" to succeed, or that at least in my class she does not, I will consider that a victory.
Education is never either an independent force in American society or a principle agent for social change. It is a reflection of the basic debates talking place in the broader society.
Kim Davis certainly does not walk in the footsteps of progressive leaders who took a stand to improve circumstances for oppressed people. Rather, she follows the muddled path of such people as Alabama Governor George Wallace.
Since the recent publication of Simone Zelitch's fourth novel, Waveland (The Head and the Hand Press), there have been such a spate of racist and violent events in this country that one could be forgiven for believing we are still somehow mired in the hate and horror of the early 1960's.
One thing that stands out to me is that education is never either an independent force in American society or a principle agent for social change. It is a reflection of the basic debates talking place in the broader society.
It doesn't matter where you are, your education level, or your job title, you are called to be a multiplier. Help others. Serve others. Encourage others. Reach out to those different from you. Have the hard conversations. Be. The. Change. Be a multiplier
Without serious discussions about the psycho-social effects of adults treating (or rather mistreating) children "in poverty," we will continue to miss the mark when it comes to achieving educational excellence in public schools.
Reading Gas Money by Troy Lewis is like sitting with him on his Aunt Jenny's front porch in Middlesex County, Virginia, while he unwinds the stories of his life, and what a storyteller he is.
As we study a wave of carefully-honed analyses of integration's potential to improve schools and our entire lives, we should pay special attention to the beginning of "The Problem We All Live With Part Two."
Fifty years ago on August 11, 1965, simple definitions changed forever: racial hatred and violence were not solely the provenance of the South. Watts went up in flames and for the first time concerned white liberals from California could no longer point fingers at the former Confederate States. They -- no, we -- all had to look in the mirror.
Fifty years later, Americans of all races and incomes must look back at the upheaval that started in Watts with new eyes and face the warnings all around us that our progress has not been sufficient, and that we are slipping into racial division that could once again lead to hatred and violence.
I can think of 100s of things that the US is great at. I can think of another 100 reasons why I choose to live here. But when it comes to the above mentioned double segregation of race and income, I am definitely saddened and shocked by what I see day-to-day.
Removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds doesn't confront something lurking in rooms across South Carolina for generations -- the elephant of racial division.
Lexington is almost a textbook case of a high-performing school district that had dismissed the low performance of its low-income and African American students for years, until a determined superintendent found a way to serve them better.
I can't help but wonder how many of the reviewers have simply contrived their headlines to grab our attention in a noisy and cluttered culture, and how many actually believe what they're saying, and are thus perhaps, like mockingbirds.
When it comes to the pink craze for girls? Now we have a problem. As currently used in the marketing of everything from clothing to tools, pink is no longer simply a color -- it is the foundation of a constrained concept of femininity.