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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Salvage The Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Told from the perspective of a 16 year old girl, this story takes us through the days leading up to the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina and into the beginning of recovery. But more importantly, it's a window into the lives of people who stayed in the path of disaster despite warnings and instincts and all wisdom to the contrary. It is a reminder that the choices so many of us take for granted are simply not available to far too many. It is a pointed reprimand for the divide between privileged and not.

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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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Tuesday 21 January 2014

Creating Worlds, Constructing Meaning

I tend more toward New Year's Goals than resolutions. This year, I decided I wanted to read more books that inspire me. To that end, I give you my first book review of the year.

And this one is for the educators.

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