Teaching Kids About Injustice & Police Brutality

When it’s time to discuss difficult and sensitive topics with my young son and 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 lying. We talk about how … More Teaching Kids About Injustice & Police Brutality

Radical Advice: Forget the Reward

This past week I had an illuminating conversation with my university students.  I love teaching this  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 mostly women) … More Radical Advice: Forget the Reward