Your piece is right on. I find your comments to be so prevalent in educational spheres.

For example, I see PBS Learning activities teaching kids that MLK’s legacy of is about “peace” through making white doves out of coffee filters. !?! How about teaching them to make protest signs instead? This activity actually distorts MLK’s legacy in that it teaches kids MLK’s message was about not fighting back when one is oppressed.

My daughters 1st grade class read the “I Have a Dream” speech and then did an activity about what they wanted to be when they grew up. I’m glad little Carlos wants to be an astronaut when he grows up, but WTH does that have to do with fighting for racial justice? freedom from oppression? human rights?

mom of twins. education nerd. public school warrior. reformed cat-lady. amateur urbanist. social justice addict. BLERD. & most recently Board of Ed Commissioner

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