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November 24, 2015

Teaching Gratitude, Hope, and the Greatest Weapon: Joy

Those seeking to silence the voices of students and communities want us to lose hope. They want us to give up. We can't let that happen.

November 20, 2015

More Than Maps: Don't Judge Where I'm From

Even though someone is from some part of the world with whatever going on there, you shouldn't look at them differently.

November 18, 2015

True Love Always Wins: Why "Gay" Shouldn't Be an Insult

We can't treat someone differently for being in love. We shouldn't make fun of anyone for being attracted to anyone.

November 16, 2015

Pass the Mic: Letting Students Write (on This Blog)

Why do I need students to reach for someone else's bar? Why can't I help them see and unlock all the magic they already contain?

November 12, 2015

Whistling in the Dark

Teach so all students know they have a right to belong in this world and be accepted as individuals with equally powerful stories and futures.

November 09, 2015

Teach Your Students About Mizzou. Teach Them to Speak Up.

What obstacles do you think students of color or in low-income communities face when getting their voices heard?

November 04, 2015

The Mirror, Not the Measuring Stick: Treat Students With Respect

We are so quick to look at these students and see them as "not enough" or "defiant," that we run the risk of also failing to see them as human.

October 27, 2015

"Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely": Thoughts After Spring Valley High

Do we not want students to question? Don't we want them to stand up for themselves or seek the "why" to larger issues? Why, then, are we so afraid when they turn that critical eye onto us as their teachers?

October 21, 2015

The Stories They Tell Us: Keeping History Honest

Teachers and parents who call out the not-quite-truths we tell children understand that this matters not only because we should be honest with students, but because the stories we tell about each other matter. They affect the way students understand themselves, their families, their communities, and their potential.

October 14, 2015

What Am I Doing Here?: Culturally Responsive Education as a Sign of Love

When we call for culturally-responsive education as part of teacher preparation, it's not because it will increase test scores or because it's what's trendy in education. It's because we know that being responsive to and inclusive of a students' culture is a sign of love for the students themselves.

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The opinions expressed in The Intersection: Culture and Race in Schools are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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