Isolation and Advocacy

There is a man from my high school years who has become a Fox News commentator. He lived in Seattle previously and he developed the argument that Critical Race Theory is the root of our social problems right now. President Trump responded and his theory about Critical Race Theory took off. As his ideas tookContinue reading “Isolation and Advocacy”

Dear Organizational Leaders:

[Here is a letter I sent to multiple organizations today.] Asian Americans are being attacked from multiple races and their mistreatment is often neglected or minimized. I hope you are crafting or will craft a statement as an organization regarding the Anti-Asian American violence of the past year, and in particular from yesterday. Here isContinue reading “Dear Organizational Leaders:”

The Thing About Racial Justice: We Need Proximity

I think that there is a problem in how we talk about racial justice. For my conservative friends – and for my conservative side: really reflect. Have you gone to a protest and been there bodily alongside people grieving another death of a Black person? Have you worked alongside people who speak Spanish as theirContinue reading “The Thing About Racial Justice: We Need Proximity”

Integrity and its Relationship to Antiracist Morality

I was just reading an amazing article in the journal called Providence on integrity and moral instruction. This post is about why antiracism has the impact it has on the people who practice it. It’s about what makes us tick. And why sometimes compromise is necessary. This Christmas I gave my garbage man $100 asContinue reading “Integrity and its Relationship to Antiracist Morality”

Jaded Disembodiment: The Shadow Side of the Book White Fragility

I think that the book White Fragility (2018), written by Robin DiAngelo, is fabulous, but I am a little alarmed that people are reading it now as their introduction into this antiracist movement. The way we have discussions around topics of race and culture changes by the week, if not by the day, and theContinue reading “Jaded Disembodiment: The Shadow Side of the Book White Fragility”

The Unpredictability of Trauma-Informed Classroom Teaching

The structure and worldview of the classroom always takes time to establish, but when there is an environment that is constantly in flux, we cannot forget that there are multiple classroom cultures and also individual student cultures to consider and, therefore, multiple pools of meaning coming into contact. These pools may be at odds withContinue reading “The Unpredictability of Trauma-Informed Classroom Teaching”

Irlen Syndrome?: The Politics of Helping a Special Needs Student

I was a guest teacher in a special needs resource room recently. One of the students was a sweet boy who came in and sat with me as we tried to transfer the information that there on his paperwork (there were four dots on the page) into the numeral four – “4” – underneath theContinue reading “Irlen Syndrome?: The Politics of Helping a Special Needs Student”

Equity Training: “It was like being told I was naked and not being offered clothes.”

Part 1: The Problem The hardest thing I am finding is the pain of being misunderstood when people have not studied race and gender as much as advocates have. I remember when people would say something I did or said was racist or heterosexist and I positively knew that it wasn’t my intention and IContinue reading “Equity Training: “It was like being told I was naked and not being offered clothes.””

First Impressions of “Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain,” by Zaretta Hammond

I am really grateful to have discovered this book several years ago, but I must confess that I did not read it until this weekend, and I am only half way done. I started reading it because a conservative relative of mine was going to be studying it and I thought – why not readContinue reading “First Impressions of “Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain,” by Zaretta Hammond”

The “Difficult” Student: Unconditional Positive Regard

When a student is causing trouble it is very important to focus on the good that they do and to keep a log of it and to actively praise them if you are holding them accountable and the situation has gotten so bad that you must record the bad (i.e. if they are routinely posingContinue reading “The “Difficult” Student: Unconditional Positive Regard”