Hair out. That’s how I’d have to say it, right? Hair out, as in: not down, not “open” as one would say in German. I wore my hair my natural Black hair out at school all day long. Which is to say I wore an Afro. An unpicked, unshaped tussle of curly strands crowning my… Continue reading What Happened When I Went To School With My Hair Out
I’m not ready. I’ve never been all-the-way ready. The first day is always exciting, year, after year, after year. Imagine a career full of fresh starts annually. That’s teaching. Spending a few prep days with adult colleagues feels comforting. Yet nothing compares to the arrival of children in all shapes and sizes. Big sisters, little… Continue reading Going Back to School Thoughts
One of the greatest insights I have ever received on the topic of school answers the question of why kids continue to go to school day after day, school year after school year without more protest. Put simply: because school is where all the other kids are. (I am inclined to credit psychologist and author,… Continue reading School Is Going To Be Awesome!
A few things have happened recently to motivate me to try to connect the dots in my fuzzy picture publicly. Not sure where the public part comes from but it’s there and I acknowledge it. In the course of my reading this week I came across a variety of links which spoke to me on… Continue reading Resisting the doom, honoring the intent
My 19 year old son shared this spoken word video by Suli Breaks with me today. It is powerful, poignant and painfully real.
Over the years James has introduced me to all sorts of internet lore from gaming circles to college humor to deep house drum and bass. While my immediate response (often in the middle of preparing dinner) might not have always been enthusiastic, the impact of so much internet exposure on his learning and self-development has never been lost on me. So when he sent me a related link through Skype (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-eVF_G_p-Y), I knew it was a thoughtful choice on his part.
My oldest son’s educational trajectory has been so fundamentally shaped by the range, reach and audacity of the internet and the fact that we were able to have a heartfelt and deep conversation about the direction education needs to go in the future after watching this video together tells a much deeper tale of connection and the path to mutual understanding than any conversation we ever held related to his actual school performance.
When you watch this, ask yourself:
What am I doing to redefine education?