Following Ferguson; Teaching the Crisis in the Classroom

“Washington, D.C. schools issued a five-page teacher’s resource guide for how to discuss Ferguson in the classroom. It’s full of practical tips, and geared for students in the public district.

Teachers who discuss police brutality and Michael Brown’s death will need to “remember that you will almost certainly have students who have been victims of racial profiling in your classroom,” the guide cautions, urging that teachers proceed with care, sensitivity and openness.”

 

Awesome and incredible resource! Read the full article HERE

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The Indian Act – Teaching Apartheid in Canada

What if we taught learners that the Indian Act affects all of us?

This idea that one group of people, through a legislative process, can forcibly confine another group of people to pitiful land, trickle in barely enough resources to keep said people alive, and ultimately marginalize and demoralize generations to come, might seem like an un-Canadian experience. Images of South Africa, Gaza, ghettos in the United States or Brazil come to mind — where the undesirables are violently lumped together and left to dangle. Those who resist this practice are labelled rebels, extremists, or terrorists — as was Mandela.”

Children Reading to Animals

This is just about the best thing I’ve seen in a very long time. After noticing her son having issues learning to read, this woman brought her son to a cat shelter and had him read to the cats. Her son loved it so much  he asked to come back the next day. And so this project was born! Not only did his reading improve after being able to practice in a safe environment, but the cats also LOVE the rhythmic sounds of the children’s voices as they read and it provides a real sense of closeness and bonding with these beautiful animals. I was in tears looking at the pictures. Animals are such powerful, intuitive beings. They are capable of so much love, it blows me away every day. Kids+Animals=Amazing!

Check out ‘Book Buddies” here and how you can help!

and ‘Love Meow‘ for more information ❤

Heart Melt! Check out Book Buddies!

Heart Melt! Check out Book Buddies!

via Kim Crosby …

via Kim Crosby on fb

“Students of color are allowed to enter the classroom but never on an equal footing. When they walk in, they are subject to the same racial stereotypes and expectations that exist in the larger society. Students of color do not have the advantage of walking into a classroom as individuals; they walk in as black, brown, [yellow,] or red persons with all the connotations such racialization raises in the classroom. They do not walk into a classroom where the curriculum embraces their histories. They walk into a classroom where their histories and cultures are distorted, where they feel confused about their own identities, vulnerabilities, and oppressions. There is no level of liberal reforms that can alter these experiences for students of color without directly challenging the larger systems in society.”

— Critical Race Theory Matters: Education and Ideologywith Margaret Zamudio, Caskey Russell, Francisco Rios & Jacquelyn Bridgeman.