It'd be foolish to not educate high schoolers on things relevant to who they are, or the history and culture of the place they live
Learning about other cultures gives students the capability to be more empathetic and understanding to the diverse world they inhabit.
I wonder if my students truly understand the emotional and traumatic impact these events can have on a community
This week, I recommend a Harper's Magazine piece about Detroit schools that showcases how adult struggles can affect the lives of students.
If we are still "teachers" after we leave school, are we willing to stand with the communities we serve even when their problems leave the school as well?
Students and families for whom English is their second or third language do not process their day to day world, or learning, in the language or through the cultural lens that most public schools have deemed appropriate. Yet, we still push ahead with a mostly sink-or-swim take on ELL education.
The value of creating "safe" spaces is to combat a society that has attempted to strip kinship away from us by telling us the things that connected us culturally were never worthwhile to begin it.
This week, I encourage folks to listen to NPR's Code Switch's podcast episode, "Struggling School, or Sanctuary?"
I believe that the creation of the platform is an essential, progressive step towards revolutionizing education.
Think of this: out of all the people in the world, the universe conspired to bring the group of us together in this room right now.