A new set of lesson plans from the popular researcher Brené Brown has caused some online debate, with many educators now thinking about the shame and trauma students carry with them.
The stereotypes of the "giving Indian" or the "aloha spirit" as a mask to ignore the very real issues these communities face are things we must actively combat in our minds and our classrooms.
No space is truly safe if it does not reckon with the complete and total experience and existence our kids face each day.
By allowing ourselves to dive into someone else's story and voice, we're able to not just gain perspective on our work but also on our own identities.
All countries must be included in the conversation about "global education" because all countries bring different things to the table.
We must give students the power to explore and share their stories and broadcast them, record them, so we don't unfairly distort the truth of who they or we are.
It's on educators to consciously choose to work on our implicit and explicit biases to start undoing the systemic oppression that has led us here. In doing so, we can help our students hopefully create a world much more loving, inclusive, and safe than the one we've created for them now.
We study literature in order to help our students, the future generations, develop their values and morals and better understand the world.
This work must be led by those who have been historically oppressed, and if I want to support them, that means I must work to explore their writing and show my students just how powerful those voices are.
The field of education is missing a critical voice in how we can go about creating substantial and lasting change within public education and beyond.