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Why I Free Slaves: Teacher Robert Birk

Free The Slaves | Posted 12.19.2016 | Education
Free The Slaves

By Anna Bengel In Robert Birk's 8th-grade English class, his students read The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. The abolitionist's powerful auto...

Trump's 'Locker Room Talk' Is A Teachable Moment For Our Kids

Amy Siskind | Posted 10.13.2016 | Parents
Amy Siskind

Your kids know about Trump's bus video conversation. Bank on it! I first heard the video while driving with my teenage son, who wondered, "Why is the other guy laughing?"

This is How Dads Can Teach Their Sons to Appreciate Women

Heather Gray | Posted 01.15.2017 | Parents
Heather Gray

In an instant, that dad saw me, who I was, and how I choose to move through the world. It was important to him that his son really see me, too. He taught his son to notice a person's actions and to place more importance on what they do and how they act than on their appearance.

Those Teachable Moments in a Standardized World

Jacob Stewart | Posted 11.23.2016 | Education
Jacob Stewart

They say there's no such thing as a stupid question. 'They' have clearly never been a middle school teacher.

The Dead Snake: A Teachable Moment

Nina Griffin | Posted 10.22.2016 | Parents
Nina Griffin

I dug my slippers out from the back of the closet and went down the stairs to find the kids playing quietly on the living room rug. I set their breakfast on the table, and perched myself at the kitchen island, hoping to drink my coffee in peace.

Bullying Starts Early: Grandma and the Mean Girl Dolls

Laurie Levy | Posted 10.14.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, I share this story. It illustrates a total fail on my part to seize a teachable moment with my granddaughter. Luckily, she has an awesome mother, who works hard to prevent bullying.

Common Core and the Ebola Virus -- No More Teachable Moments

Alan Singer | Posted 01.10.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Common Core's extremely narrow focus on skill development and preparation for high-stakes assessments interferes with the ability of teachers to respond to current events, such as the Ebola epidemic, and interferes with learning.

6 Teachable Lessons From 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winners

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 12.14.2014 | Impact
Homa Sabet Tavangar

Waiting for my coffee to brew at dawn on October 10 I got an instant jolt scanning news on my phone when I saw the headline Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Are Awarded Nobel Peace Prize.

How to Talk to Kids About Disability (and Voldemort)

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

Voldemort is so freaking scary that if you even speak his name, all manner of horrors could rain down upon you. The kids at Hogwarts knew better than to mess with him because, just like we teach our kids in the real world, it's best not to talk about bad things.

Thankful for Teachable Moments

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn | Posted 01.27.2014 | Hawaii
Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn

When the crying, whining, or meltdown begins and I am completely trapped between impatient, frowning customers on both sides of me, my items already on the conveyor belt, that is the very moment I wish for my magic wand.

A Postcard From a Kidless Vacation

Whit Honea | Posted 10.20.2013 | Parents
Whit Honea

Every so often, one of us would say how much the boys would like this while the other would nod, skip a stone or stare out at the sea.

Did UCLA and NYT Overreact to Student's "Asians in the Library" Video?

Edward Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Edward Lee

It would be a pity if an institution as great as UCLA could not figure out a way to reach out to Alexandra Wallace and its entire student body in order to make a recent unfortunate incident a teachable moment.

Toss The Textbooks: Teachers Draw On Egypt For Real-World Lessons

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Most schools require a cursory study of ancient Egypt. But when it comes to the current uprising, teachers are finding opportunities to provide real-w...

Educate Don't Censor: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the N-Word

Hetert-Qebu Walters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Hetert-Qebu Walters

The omission of a word that appears 219 times isn't a welcome alternative but an erasure, not just of the obstacles for educators who wish to use the book, but of what that deplorable word represents.

Should President Obama Use His Platform to Diffuse Racism?

Dexter Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dexter Rogers

Obama's ascendancy demonstrates he has the capacity and the means to make a difference along racial grounds. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be high on his list of priorities.

We Must Respond to the Needs of the Gulf Coast

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jim Wallis

At the heart of the Christian tradition lies the belief that transformation requires sacrifice. Deep and abiding change is hard. But the BP leak is only the latest sign that our society must do exactly that.

A Time for Moral Reckoning

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Theologically, we are witnessing a massive despoiling of God's creation. We were meant to be stewards of the Gulf of Mexico. Instead, we are watching the destruction of all that. Why?

John Mayer's Playboy Interview: A "Tweachable Moment" in Race, Gender

Farai Chideya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Farai Chideya

I can roll with some pretty raw or adventurous humor, but this fratboyesque ahistorical cheap shot shows a profound misunderstanding of of white supremacy.

What We Can Learn From the Tragic Murder of Lily Burk

Robin Sax | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robin Sax

Some parents have an easier time telling their kids to be politically correct than they do discussing their safety, but life isn't always pretty, so sit down and talk to your kids today.

White Racism Black Bigotry: The Talk About Race is All Wrong!

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yvonne R. Davis

The problem with discussing "issues of race," is that it dummies down the issue of racism to an individual level, when the real problem is at the macro level.

Where You Sit Is Where You Stand (on Crowley-Gates)

Natalie Holder-Winfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Natalie Holder-Winfield

Many blacks cheered Obama for saying that Sgt. Crowley acted stupidly. They wanted more public dialogues on race. Instead, last night they saw a white guy get over again.

Beer Metaphor Becomes Frosty-Cold Reality

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Barack Obama is the first president to not just accept the premise of the "having a beer" test, but to embrace it and turn it into reality.