A week or so ago, a fellow blogger talked about her classroom discussion with students on the topic of race. Interestingly, she started her reflection by talking through her feelings… of how she felt as a race-talk facilitator. She said… “It is somewhat terrifying. Terrifying because I, a white American woman, often worry that I am … More Talking About Race
Recently, a former student called me to vent about the rules of married life and how these rules don’t match the vision that she has for herself as a change agent. As she talked about drowning in externally imposed expectations about being a married woman (sounding like a feminist just as much as sounding like … More Follow the Power: Who Controls the Conversation Around Reform?
A year ago, someone (let’s call her Amy) told me about a conversation she had with a school reformer. In short, the conversation was about why (and ultimately how) Black children need to be controlled. It was argued that on their own, they did not have the motivation or the character necessary for achievement. It … More Stop Giving Reform a Bad Name
This summer, Hulk Hogan lost his contract with World Wide Wrestling Entertainment because of his use of the N-Word in a racist rant caught on tape. As is the case when this word comes out of the mouth of some notable person, there ensues a conversation about the word… its etymology (origin) and its usage. … More When Students Use the N-Word
A few years ago, when having breakfast with a former instructor (now friend), I told her with excitement that I had stumbled across the concept of critical pedagogy. After 20 years of unknowingly serving as a critical pedagogue, I was super elated to learn there were other educators out there with a similar passion and … More Critical Pedagogy: The Struggle and the Community
Last year, I was invited into a local radio station in Milwaukee to record my views on the state of Black children in Wisconsin. Here is what I said… In a statement about capitalism and democratic socialism, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr had this to say: You can’t talk about solving the economic problem of … More Is Education Reform a Matter of Cosmetics?
Part IV of the Series: Testing as a Civil Rights Strategy is Not about Achievement In my doctoral program, I took a course titled Professionalism. After trying unsuccessfully to be removed from the course, I was stuck learning about what it means to be a professional. What was fascinating (yes, I grew to appreciate the … More It Is a Fight for Worth
Part III of the Series: Testing as a Civil Rights Strategy is Not about Achievement The best way to talk about equity is to use runners racing on a track as a metaphor. Equality would suggest that for fairness, all runners need to start at the same place in the race. But, equity would mandate … More And It Is Not About Equity Either
Part II of the Series: Testing as a Civil Rights Strategy is Not About Achievement If you put students across the socioeconomic spectrum together in the same room with each other and then gave them the same instruction, particularly the same improved instruction, the achievement gap would prevail. While this improved instruction should influence improvement … More It’s Also Not about Equality
As a first year school director, one of my teachers gave me some interesting feedback. He said, “Dye, you don’t do it like white people.” I waited for him to explain because I wanted to know if the knot that had formed in my stomach was warranted or not. I was ok with being critiqued on … More Testing as a Civil Rights Strategy is Not about Achievement