Teach for America’s “Alarm Zone” for White Educators

Preface As a teacher, I believe that the general public experiences a level of concerning comfort when criticizing educational policies or teachers in general. Society conditions us to believe that teachers are the most docile and intellectually feeble among us, which manifests in think pieces and memes with the punch line that classroom educators aren’t … Continue reading Teach for America’s “Alarm Zone” for White Educators

10 Reasons You’re Not “Coming Out,” as Conservative

A disturbing trend is gaining traction, in which conservatives posit that their modern, "coming out," experience is more challenging than that of an LGBTQ individual. Folks on the right jump at the opportunity to tokenize white, gay men such as Chadwick Moore, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Adam Levine who affirm this statement by contrasting their Republican … Continue reading 10 Reasons You’re Not “Coming Out,” as Conservative

What happens when NRA members are treated like Muslim-Americans?

After attending the March for Our Lives in DC and posting an article with pictures from the protest, I was curious to tap in to social media and learn more about this cyclical debate. I find it increasingly hard to internalize and understand the opinions of those who oppose gun control. Once again, I attempted … Continue reading What happens when NRA members are treated like Muslim-Americans?

The White Privilege in Resting Bitch Face

Recently, I sat outside for drinks at Big Bear Cafe in Washington, DC and overheard a conversation about a newborn baby. Young, white parents met with their friends and exchanged standard questions about their recent transition into parenthood. After discussing the baby's sleep habits and the experience of breastfeeding, one of the mother's friends leaned … Continue reading The White Privilege in Resting Bitch Face

The Worst Kind of White Ally

I participate in a book club with fellow educators in which we read and discuss We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This group is diverse with respect to race and professional titles: administrators and teachers and support staff share their thoughts openly. Last week's meeting brought attention to a variety of white … Continue reading The Worst Kind of White Ally

Resistance Through Teaching STEM

The 2016 presidential election ushered in a series of challenging conversations in my urban classroom. The work we do as educators is inherently political and our beliefs, and biases will undoubtably surface through our interactions with students. Teaching, when done purposefully, can be an act of resistance. After completing my Teach for America commitment, I … Continue reading Resistance Through Teaching STEM