Commentary: I am Wasting my Time Teaching about “Shithole” Countries!

From The Washington Post... “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers. Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met with Wednesday. The president, [...]

The Pastor and the President: Race in the American Classroom Today

I am writing on the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr Day, 2018 not just as a social studies teacher, but as an American citizen. I am a pastor’s kid, so I grew up hearing the Christian message of loving one’s neighbor as oneself and to love mercy, do justice, and to walk humbly with [...]

I am Ms. Deyshia Hargrave

And so are the 3.2 million public school teachers across America. Picture of Ms. Deyshia Hargrave in the Rene A. Rost Middle School Yearbook, 2017-2018   On Monday, January 8, 2018, Ms. Deyshia Hargrave, a veteran public school teacher, questioned the Vermillion Parish School District’s Board of Education’s decision to raise the salary [...]

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Teaching While White: How can a white suburban teacher lead students of color in their celebration of Black History?

The 2017–2018 school year has brought new opportunities for this veteran teacher, including the challenge of advising the Umoja Step Team, a cultural dance group at the suburban high school where I teach. Previously, I outlined my amazement with this group in my piece, “My Classroom is a Dance Floor,"   which highlighted my first [...]

Teaching: Taking on the Moral Imperatives (Part I)

What moral imperatives? I have been thinking more about the moral imperatives of teaching. These imperatives can hinder instruction and progress. That's why the only option is to address and hopefully resolve them. They are moral imperatives because it's wrong to not handle them.  Preparing students academically-now that's the job, a duty. Consultants, education experts/leaders (folks who travel around and talk about [...]