Article: Let’s Stop Talking About The ’30 Million Word Gap’

[This has been gospel for years in the education community. Let’s make sure the scientific community has the resources to replicate studies. Let’s make sure that evidence is employed by educators to increase opportunities as opposed to limiting students right out of the gate.] Let’s Stop Talking About The ’30 Million Word Gap’ Did you…

March for Our Lives

Yesterday I attended the Boston March for Our Lives, which started by Madison Park High School and ended at the Commons. I went by myself, kicking myself for not offering to chaperone the students from my school who had wanted to join the walkout. It was a snow day here in Boston the day of…

Article: Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys

[A new study shows that outcomes for black boys are significantly worse than for white boys even when controlling for income. Though girls make less money (the gender pay gap is real), the difference between white and black girls when controlling for income is not so stark. What seems to make a difference? Neighborhoods where…

The Gene: Social Policy Implications?

I just finished reading Mukherjee’s The Gene, a fascinating (if long) book on the history of humans understanding their own instruction manual. The sixth section of the book, entitled “Post-Genome” looks at where the field is now (or at least was when the book was written in 2015) and where genetics might be headed. He discusses the…

Article: Boston. Racism. Image. Reality

[The Globe’s Spotlight series won the Pulitzer in the past for a reason. They’re back in action with a series of articles about race in Boston. Questions like where is the black middle class, does Boston deserve its reputation as a racist, segregated city, and hat can be done about it, are tackled over the course of…

Essay B/‘The Way to Survive It Was to Make A’s’

[The “experiment” in “curing” white students of bigotry and “gifting” black children an education did not end in the late ’60s when this story takes place. Those impulses and similar programs are alive and well at a moment when schools are more segregated than they have been since the moment of desegregation these white families…

Article: What Do We Think White Poverty Looks Like?

[When I first started working with students I served with AmeriCorps which meant that I earned a stipend and was eligible for SNAP (or food stamps). I received $195 per month, much more than this author’s measly $16. Instead of seeing myself as poor, I spent the time on SNAP and receiving the stipend marveling at…

Article: How Scared Should People on the Border Be?

[This personal account is written with such clarity and feeling, such honesty and perspective. It is long but well worth reading in its entirety.] How Scared Should People on the Border Be? By DOMINGO MARTINEZ New York Times March 31, 2017  BROWNSVILLE, TEX. — The news here on the border with Mexico travels fast. Most of…

Radical Rules for the Present

I just finished reading Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals on the bus ride home from work. Though published in 1971 a few passages stood out to me for their relevance today, politically and personally. This seemed longer than my usual book reviews so here it goes. One of his key lessons is that organizers must respect…

A Day Without Students

255 students did not come to school today. There are 600 students at our school. This was born out of the Immigrant Strike, an event I think began in D.C. with restaurant workers planning to stay home from work today. Thew news spread on social media — no one officially organized the strike here and…

A School Is Not an Island

In light of the recent Executive Order on Immigration, we have been trying to decide what to do. How do we respond in general? As teachers in a school full of immigrant children, some of whom are from the countries banned explicitly? As humans? I found this excerpt from The Essential Conversation instructive. It serves as…

Article: White Fragility

[One of the suggested readings from my class White People Challenging Racism was a bit longer and more academic than the other readings, many of which are personal stories. This stood out to me in part for its familiarity — an academic text on race similar to those I read in college. But also because…