I’m going to be writing about education again from an antiracist lens.
Some readers were surprised last week to see my foray back into the world of writing about education. Since Covid happened, I stopped substitute teaching and stepped away from writing about education because I really felt that the last thing any of my teacher followers needed was to be reminded of “best practices” while everything was falling in around them. I hope y’all are grateful that I spared y’all my two MA’s and multiple teaching certificates of “expertise” when I’m no longer even a full time classroom teacher since I write and substitute full time. 🙂
I am going to be writing about education again, which I will always only do when I am actually in the classroom again. I’m not going back to full time teaching, but I am going to be substituting now, some long term jobs, some short term jobs, and I’m very much looking forward to being back in the classroom with real live students (hybrid style)!
I started writing about racial justice all the time was because I was worried about the far-rightness of the far right, and I feel like with the verdict coming in today convicting Dereck Chauvin of the murder of George Floyd, we are on the right track and I don’t have to engage the conservative side to bring compassion to people’s hardened hearts, hearts hardened by antagonistic twitter feeds and hateful speeches. Yes there is still that, but I feel like the soul of our nation is back on track. I can instead plant affirmation and support for all people, and a little extra highlight on the need for racial justice.
I was becoming a little strident in my angst about the injustice going on, and I think that next time around, I will try to be bigger-hearted and more compassionate with my interlocutors. So I’m returning this blog to an education blog, which will still talk about equity and racial justice, but it will be more mainstream, to serve the teachers I love most: those in the classroom.