When it’s time to discuss difficult and sensitive topics with my 9 year old son and 7 year old daughter my first response is normally to tell the truth. This often means I keep it vague and abstract, but I’m sure not to lie. Kids know about unfairness. Kids know about meanness. Kids know about … More Teaching Kids About Injustice & Police Brutality
As an instructor in teacher education and supervisor of student-teachers, I spend a lot of time in schools, reflecting on school practices and pushing for reform. I’ve lost some of my youthful zeal about the potential for schools to change the world. Rather than innovating, transforming and creating, I see a whole lot of reproducing … More A Revolutionary Nursery School in our Midst!
This past week I had an illuminating conversation with my university students. I love teaching this teacher education course at this particular college because these future teachers help me feel hopeful. Hopeful that they will work to reverse some of what plagues urban public education today– the anti-intellectualism, low-expectations and uninspired teaching. This group (of … More 4 Rules to Live By
According to FBI statistics, black men made up 40 percent of all murder victims last year. That is a stunning number for a group that accounts for only 6 percent of the nation’s population. You’ve likely read the grim statistics. The homicide rate in the US is among the highest in the industrialized world. The … More Beyond a Statistic: Remembering Rajohn