My spring break starts in two and a half hours. I only have to write three papers & one academic blog post & read six million pages over the next two weeks.
Also I got offered a paying academic job! Outta the blue! Just like that!
More like Sunday Getstuffdoneday.
As it currently exists, mainstream U.S. education favors a one-size-fits-all model of education that marginalizes students who have different learning styles, abilities, backgrounds, and needs. The U.S. education system lacks culturally relevant approaches that meet students at their level and provide learning environments where students can be continuously engaged and appropriately challenged. Often, poor, Black students, with disabilities who are not able to succeed within this model are ostracized. When we only value one type of intellectual academic achievement and link that specific achievement with superiority, those who do not excel in those same ways may experience classroom marginalization and act out with very appropriate anger. Further, institutions must introduce anti-ableist curriculum to the classroom so that students with disabilities can have an accessible, safe, fully integrated classroom experience.
Malaka Wilson-Greene, What We Should Learn from Avonté Oquendo’s Death About Anti-Blackness & Education (via ethiopienne)
It took me all of two months in a Secondary Education masters program to understand this, and to see how it is not a part of dialogue within the realm of education, and to realize that teachers are simply not provided with the time/space/energy leeways needed to make progress in areas related to these issues. The term “culturally responsive” is inextricable from the field of social justice and radical pedagogy, but is seemingly far removed from formal educational environments. Something has to change. I wish I had the answers. Or even an answer. Or even an idea.
I’m really pleased with my tumblr feed these days. Lots of good, empowering, inspiring, insightful, funny, cute, cool, interesting, not-offensive stuff happening on my dash. Like, it sucks when you are following someone you think you know/like and then they post a bunch of weird content that makes you wonder if you really know/like them. I feel like I have a well-honed feed. It’s like we’re all buddies who share important values, and if I don’t know you very well/at all in real life, then I probably wanna. Anyway. Keep up the good work, folks I’m following! Love, erin
Tomorrow morning I get to wake up early to hang out with Baby Finley for a couple hours! We’re gonna play “Look At Me While I Make Funny Faces” & “Walk Around the House Pointing at Stuff” & “Who’s the Cutest Boopsy” I’m so excited! Babies are just the coolest.