Social media outrage about blackface stories doesn’t carry the same weight as focusing on endemic problems that blight the lives of children and steal their growing years. If anything, obsessions with the trivial is little more than intellectual drift, and that is the worst sin for conscious people.
What happens when our own community is anti-choice? Ray Ankrum has us talking about how to defend our work and inform our people.
“[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.
Are private schools that receive public money able to “teach whatever they want” to an extent that’s greater or different than a local school board’s power to adopt whatever curriculum they want?
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.
The same people who say they want the freedom to marry whomever they desire and choose abortion at-will also find a parent’s right to choose a non-unionized school beyond the pale of an acceptable social contract.
Now that the L.A. teachers’ strike is over, can we be honest and say it wasn’t for us?
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.