“[Y]oung men use crime as a means of constructing the kind of stereotypic masculinity that helps them traverse their adolescence and win the acceptance of peers, as well as fathers, coaches, and other hypermasculine role models,” writes Kupers. This is where stealing a car, joining a gang, bragging about rape — or confronting a Native American, groping a girl, assaulting a boy — becomes a way of being a man. This is also where privileged white boys are divided from other boys. While the kids at Covington and St. Mike’s and Georgetown Prep are acting out in their adolescence, they have the opportunity to graduate to a more socially acceptable adulthood of building a career (a Supreme Court position, maybe?) and a family.
Diane Ravith has a microblog post about students in Kansas who recently walked out in protest of their middle-school adoption of the Summit learning platform. As she mentions, a similar protest happened in Brooklyn. It stinks of union organizing, but, the fingerprints aren’t clear yet on the weird coincidence very different groups having similar organizing…
The public generally agrees that teachers deserve better pay and more urgent attention to the decline in resources many of them face. They have every right to stand up for themselves, but when they attack charter schools and attempt to prevent families from accessing schools they want, it’s time to reconsider our support.
We’ve always heard there are hundreds of social science studies that have proven the positive effects of desegregating public schools. We haven’t heard as much about how many of those studies haven’t been relevant for decades.
As a black education advocate, and a supporter of alternative education, it gets tiring having these basic bloggers who are threatened by competition constantly attempting to define my work as something it’s not.
People take to the streets to fight for public education. The problem is they are never demanding America’s school children get better classroom instruction.
When it comes to how much time we spend zoning out in the digital universe, maybe this is more of a problem for parents than children.
If you think reading out loud is a way to bond with young people and encouraging their reading, you’re right. But there’s power in adults reading to other adults, especially the elderly.
Though she’s seen the horrors of transracial adoption, it doesn’t color her opinion about the costs of integration.
Remember when I told you “if you really want more black males in education, stop dragging the ones who are already there when they disagree with your whack ass” ? If you need a reminder, Nashville has a good one for you. Their superintendent, Shawn Joseph, has been the target in recent days of an…