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

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