Microaggressions to Misbehavior: How School to Prison Pipeline Begins

  Wow, I'm surprised he did so well on the test.  He's not ghetto like those other boys. She's so loud. They don't care. They can't read. They're just lazy.  Microaggression: a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a [...]

Organizing Discussions on Controversial Topics

We are always challenging students to think differently: branch out, think outside the box, get out of their comfort zone. As a social studies teacher, I’m often trying to incorporate issues and ideas into our study or conversations that are relevant to students’ lives; things they may be facing now or will likely deal with [...]

Equity in Action: Mitigating Unconscious Bias In the Classroom

In this heightened political atmosphere, our society seems to be replete with instances where white people are being caught on social media being or acting in an overtly racist manner. It seems our Facebook or Twitter feeds will have on a daily basis some video of a white person treating an African-American, Hispanic, or member [...]

Affirmative Action at the Crossroads: Which Direction will the Supreme Court Go?

Affirmative Action: Remedy or Racist? Recent actions by the Trump Administration and the pending resignation of Anthony Kennedy from the Supreme Court have brought into question the status of affirmative action, the set of federal policies instituted by John F. Kennedy to counteract centuries of discrimination against specific minorities in American society. Affirmative action was [...]

Civility in the Classroom and the Rise of American Fascism

Setting the Stage I am in a hotel room with three millennials: Grace, 24, Gabriel, 22, Glorie, 20. An argument is raging: How can I be civil with people who support evil? I know that’s harsh. Is your neighbor who voted for Trump evil? I’ll say no. But these young people are having none of it. [...]