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Tuesday 3 January 2017

Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

Somehow, I missed this book in both high school and college. It just didn't make it into the reading lists that passed through my hands. But a copy landed in my to-read pile this winter (put there by me - apparently picked up from the local Goodwill by my partner), so I jumped on the opportunity.

Today, it feels timely.

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Monday 14 November 2016

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood by Christopher Emdin

A week ago, I was talking to my supervisor about how we can put the ideas in this book to work with the students in our program. Today, I got an email from my child's school district letting parents know that our students are talking about a walkout in response to the election. It leaves me more convinced than ever of how important the ideas in this book are. Students at all levels need to be heard and valued and supported in ways that honor their reality. To me, that means sometimes our biggest job as educators is to see our students and teach them that they can teach us, too. Because if they can change even just one mind, nothing can stop them. In For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the rest of Y'all Too, Emdin outlines a practical approach to learning ways of accomplishing exactly that.

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Thursday 22 September 2016

Between The World And Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I've been posting my reading list in mostly chronological order. This week, both local and national headlines are making me feel like I need to step out of that a bit. I won't belabor the details from the headlines. You've seen them already. If you haven't seen them for this particular story, you still probably understand the gist from other recent headlines. I'm not interested in the excuses or the circumstances. The salient point here is that Black lives very much do matter, but as a society, we do not treat them that way. And that is why this book is, in Toni Morrison's words, required reading.

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Wednesday 15 June 2016

Some Thoughts for LGBTQ Allies

I need to start by sending my love to those most immediately and deeply impacted by the the shooting at Pulse Night Club in Orlando. In this community, I include not only the immediate friends and loved ones of those murdered, but also the wider LGBTQ* community. Thoughts and prayers and words are simply not enough right now.

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