Saying Black lives matter does not demean other lives; it is not intended to belittle or even "wage war" on the police. It is rather a cry for help from the people who are living in that reality and those who care about them.
It is my mother's story and reflections about that keep my doubts away. I try my best to use her rich and blessed life to encourage others to balance their lot in life against their blessings, however many obstacles they face.
I have an issue with the use of the word 'teaching.' We often use 'teaching' and 'learning' synonymously. In reality, learning is distinctly different from teaching: teaching is about teachers, and learning is about students.
Adrianne -- to borrow a line from "As Good As It Gets" -- makes my son want to be a better man. At least, she makes him want to be a better kid. My son is 5 years old, and Adrianne is his preschool teacher.
Parents are understandably worried about their teens. Last year's spate of teen suicides in Palo Alto, coupled with high rates of teen depression, make parents wonder what they could be doing to better help their kids navigate the sometimes-treacherous waters of their adolescent years.
Like that, an eight-year-old child understood and accepted what being transgender meant and respected the gender identity of my co-worker. Why adults are unable to make the same, rational connection in their heads is beyond me.
One of the purposes of a humanities course is to stimulate critical thinking. It need not always be a free-fire zone of narrowly focused rat-a-tat questions, but can be a leisurely ramble through a laid-back moodscape that poses a question in search of an answer.
So, yes, for better or worse, TFA will still be relevant for many years to come. We live in an imperfect world, and while TFA may not be a perfect solution, neither are the conditions for recruiting and retaining teachers in urban and rural schools.