Browsing All posts tagged under »Civil Rights«

Identity Erasure

January 30, 2020


“Come out! Come out, whoever you are! Closets are for clothes! Be proud of who you are!” In my classroom, every. single. student. was guaranteed, through policy, protocol, and advocacy, their right to free and full expression of their identity, no matter what. It wasn’t true everywhere at school. I remember how one principal tried […]

Maple-Flavored Misogyny

January 27, 2020


Never again define 'feminism' as 'gender equality'.

Ethics Explorations & Deep Conversations

January 24, 2020


I am surprised. I could open up to you. I love your stories.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

January 23, 2020


Bri is a high school student with a head full of rhymes, a notebook full of songs, and a heart full of ambition. She is determined to make it as a rapper, and she’s doing all she can to catch that Big Break. I have never, in all my life, met a character who is […]

Smile, Baby!

January 22, 2020


Females are expected to appear more friendly and happy than males are in public situations. This expectation is unfair, nonsensical, and certainly worth discussing...

Unraveling Racism @ Norwest Gallery

January 20, 2020


I am grateful to every member of the audience who has made the time to listen to the voices of these students, who have shared their stories so that eyes and hearts might be opened-- and so that the experiences of current and future students might be better.

Violating Student Civil Rights for Jesus

January 16, 2020


Today, the POTUS will embolden evangelical school employees in violating student civil rights by twisting the idea of religious freedom to mean freedom for Christians only.

Righteous Anger From a Freshman Feminist

January 15, 2020


Grass Lake, Michigan, 1979 “Okay, students, I want all the pretty girls to sit in the front row. The rest of you,” he paused, “—just fill in behind.” The command came from the short, stocky man who sat at the large desk at the front of the room. It was my first day of ninth-grade […]

Haunted By the Mockingbird Part 2

January 8, 2020


While I was not surprised by the fact that the novel stirred controversy, I could NOT have anticipated the reason for it--not in a million years!

Haunted by The Mockingbird

January 7, 2020


My students had gone to the assistant principal to complain “about that racist White lady making us read that racist book.”