Our Collective Lesson Plan (On Teachers of Color in This Moment)
This is how it was supposed to be after last summer. Conservatives have launched an aggressive assault on their rendering of critical race theory through state and local legislation in the recent weeks. There's the actual critical race theory was developed in 1970 with two pillars. They claim that white supremacy is embedded directly into our country’s laws, and that we can and must change the relationship between laws & racial hierarchies. Many in the media have noticed that the low-hanging fruit is that it is part of a multi-pronged attack on the Biden administration, and those who voted him in. None of the criticisms made about President Biden have had an effect on his approval ratings. Nor does his messaging. Evidence also suggests that the country's temporary support of the Black Lives Matter movement's goals has led to higher voter registration. This is a clear indicator that a party that views more voter participation as a problem will be more successful.
Bob Moses And The Enduring Education Injustice
Bob Moses was too excited to meet me when I met him for the first time. His book Radical Equations: Civil Rights From Mississippi to the Algebra project has dominated my pedagogical imagination for many years. It had influenced everything from how I taught integers to equations to slopes and equations. I had the honor of meeting Black liberation and civil rights activists like Angela Davis, Bobby Seale and Felipe Luciano. I also received tutelage from educational giants such as Linda Darling-Hammond and Karen Lewis. One man, among a few, sat at intersection of education and civil rights. Friends and acquaintances from all walks of life would tell me stories about him, encouraging my to search for him whenever I had the chance.
Black Math Teachers Are Good For More Than Race Stuff
Some of us have found a way to share our stories without apologizing through the #Blackout era. White educators need to be more aware of their complicity in the recent murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Abery by police. Instead of a quick "I told you so", I am choosing to engage with this new group of subscribers with a huge feeling of responsibility and awareness, while still holding firm to my identity as well as all the anchors that kept this boat stable despite the current at its port.
It Depends On Who You Listen To (Yes, About School Reopening)
Since school closed, it was my first ride on the bus in months. Normaly, if I have to run an errand in the middle of the pandemic, it's on my own. I don't wear a mask and huff and puff to get back inside. My son and I spotted a bus crossing the street, so we got on the back of it. We rode the bus from our after-school program to home, and we were happy to experience a sliver normalcy.
Where Did Education Fail Us?
My final reflection on the semester of my doctoral study (don't ask how it's going), was about what it meant to obtain an education. In this space, I have repeatedly thought about the big difference between education and schooling. The desire to teach students a particular set of ideas and materials is the hallmark of schooling. Education is the result of this process. However, teaching does not necessarily mean that someone is learning. And, even more importantly, learning does not mean that someone is in a school where schooling is taking place.
On This Insurrection, And The Next
Because it was my son’s ninth birthday, I wasn’t supposed to forget that day. We decided to continue this tradition even though we were in the midst of a pandemic. Anchors on the news kept repeating that the proceedings of the day wouldn't get as much attention if it weren't for the president's constant obfuscation. He and his cronies began speaking one by one on a podium in DC, in a small picture in-picture setup in the bottom right corner, with no audio. However, the events of that day were not supposed to receive much coverage, other than a demonstration or confirmation.
The Lives That Chose Us (2020 Year-In-Review)
Mid-September saw me knee deep in readings. One for each of the classes I had taken this year. These readings were a mix of dead white men (think Durkheim and Marx), as well as black women (think Marx, Durkheim, et. et. al. The history of education was so compelling, that I could for a while isolate the words from the specter death, fascism and impending doom. A pandemic that decimated the lives of thousands across the globe caused a global pandemic. We had already killed over 200,000 people. The Trump administration and the United States government preferred to do nothing to prevent these deaths, while the figurehead played white golf balls and blow horns endlessly. The government across the country increased inequity and left basic survival to food banks, charity, and hopeful appearances on daily news programs. While businesses were closed temporarily or permanently, citizens continued to keep their masks on in disbelief at the possibility that science, and not conspiracy theorists, might be able to save us from this.
Why I'm Opting My Son Out of Standardized Testing (And You Can, Too)
My son recently revealed that it was difficult to observe his ninth Birthday. This past birthday is usually a joyful occasion. However, it was marred by nervousness about the ongoing, coordinated attacks on American ideals and democracy. To the delight of ex-President Trump, government officials from over 200 miles away made open comments about election malfeasance in the US Senate and House floors just as he was wrapping up online class. The news reports would show that the insurrectionists swept into the building, which is usually impassible like unrefrigerated butter through knives. While his parents tried to calm him down, they also questioned whether the insurrection at Capitol was just the beginning of a series of events that would continue until the inauguration of President Biden.