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Quvenzhané Wallis, Matthew McConaughey, and How We See Our Children of Color

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I have a confession: I’ve never seen Beasts of the Southern Wild. As a relatively new parent, I don’t always have the time or the funds to make it out to the movies very often. But that’s not the purpose for my essay because, when it comes out on Netflix, I know I have to watch. I, along with thousands …

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On Edu-Blogging While Negro [We Ain't Even Supposed To Be Here]

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A couple of months ago, in the middle of a few good conversations, Leonie Haimson reminded me that I was one of the first NYC edubloggers to do “it.” By it, we all understood “it” to be using a blog to speak up and out about educational issues. People like NYC Educator, Norm’s Notes, JD2718, Pissed Off Teacher, and the …

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Race and Intellect, or Except for You, You’re The Smart One [Unreleased]

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This week, I’m releasing some of the pieces I’ve written that never saw the light of day for different reasons. Here’s the second. Release Date: 12/03/2012 Dear New Teacher, A few questions to ask now that you’ve gotten your feet wet at your job: How many friends of color do you have in your circle? How often have you interacted …

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Discomfort is the Starting Point, Not the End Goal When It Comes To Race [Edutopia]

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An excerpt from my widely-distributed Edutopia article on race: 1. Discomfort is the Starting Point, Not the End Goal Discussions about big ideas like race, religion and politics necessitate some discomfort. By discomfort, I mean that people who participate in the discussion have a degree of soul-searching and reassessment about their own perceptions and biases. For instance, does one person …

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On Junot Diaz, The Kennedy Center and Affirmative Action [Latino History Series]

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An awesome thing happened today when Junot Diaz, author of the meritorious and raw The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and more recently This Is How You Lose Her, won the MacArthur Award / Grant. As a fellow Dominican, my initial thought was, “Watch how many new cousins, aunts, and former lovers he suddenly has after the news breaks …

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Some Educators Love The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

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As a new father, I’ve memorized the theme songs to every Disney Channel show from Little Einsteins to Doc McStuffins. Personally, I’m a fan of Handy Manny and Octonauts, but only because my son smiles so hard at “Creature report! Creature report!” Frankly, I can’t hate on any of the aforementioned shows because I watch them pseudo-religiously. Even The Mickey …

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Short Notes: Educator’s Rights Tied To Women’s Rights, Again

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A few notes: Erin Gloria Ryan shows three stupid ways to discuss the Chicago Teachers’ Strike. [Jezebel] The support / disapproval of the strike seem to lie across racial lines. If you’re surprised, read this. [The American Prospect via Alexander Russo] Remember when the terms “liberal” and “progressive” were synonymous? These five prove the shift. [Truth Out] Fathers really matter …

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Theatricality And Deception, Powerful Agents For The Uninitiated

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This is the post where I almost started off with a “Dear White People.” This is going to lean towards education, but applies pervasively. I’m referring to the educators who still want to save the children, the ones who still think they’re teaching their subjects and not actual students, the ones who see teaching as a segue to administration or …

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Step Away From The Children

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Nope. I’m not going to let you get away with it. You think you’re slick with your off-kilter jargon and smooth delivery, but I see right through you. Before I continue, I need you to step away from the children. You’re passionate about your subject area, but not about the kids you’re teaching. You say you love teaching, but never …

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The Dreamer, The Believer [The Race Man Cometh]

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This is what I get for reading comments on CNN blogs. Or anywhere else but my blog anyways. The trolls spew racism all over a post that’s simply meant to help progress the conversation about race, not get us stuck in the same epitaphs of indifference and conservatism. For once, I’d like to see people who normally settle upon their …

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