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    Donna-

    Your post makes me think of the incident involving Breanna Mitchell, the teen who took a smiling selfie in front of Auschwitz in 2014. Leonard Pitts, a Miami Herald award winning columnist wrote about this incident several times. Her “sunshine smile” and flippant statement, “I’m famous ya’ll” in a tweet shows us that this 21st century…[Read more]

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    I was surprised by the words of Hans on page 49: “…but I am not in the business of making better human beings. I want my students to succeed, but their values and their humanity are not my concern.”

    I have known educators who have this teaching philosophy. They have a job to do and a curriculum to teach and anything else does not concern…[Read more]

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    We are experiencing some of the same issues here in Texas as well. The town I live and teach in is die hard conservative and I will tell you that I have not met anyone here that is openly gay. It is just not something that people here do.

    Immigration is a heated issue as well. I loved your comment about being smart and brave. I want to be able…[Read more]

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    Yes, I certainly agree. I believe that many teachers are afraid to even begin that dialogue out of fear. There are so many beautiful and inspiring texts to begin to discuss these feelings and fears.

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    I love Sondra’s words about “absorbing prejudice” and being born in America. I have never heard it put this way and I love the word choice.

    She goes on to say, “But many teachers I know well, particularly white teachers in urban classrooms, also wrestle with their own prejudices knowing that the roots of racism are deep, that they may have to…[Read more]

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