Welcome to Learning Liberation, a progressive, leftist take on the traditional Education/Early Childhood/Mommy blog! I decided to create this blog as a way to tackle my biggest priority as a caretaker for children...
The first time I heard someone talk about "grit" and growth mindset in education, it was at the STEM Think Tank and Conference, a 3-day conference about the unique challenges and opportunities in teaching girls about science and technology. The speaker was an administrator and researcher at a prestigious, private, K-12 girls' school in suburban … Continue reading The New Bootstraps: Are we blaming kids for their own hardship?
Educators and caregivers do intense intellectual, physical, and emotional labor - and even MORE of it if we're involved in activism. We need -- and deserve -- to replenish ourselves!
School privatization fans claim that parents WANT school choice and prefer charters and vouchers to public schools. I surveyed 30 families from across the country to find out if they're right.
Hey Liberators! This week's post is a short one, because next week's post is going to include my own ever-so-informal research! OOOH, hey! Want to help me out with my research? Are you, or someone you know, raising a child who has not yet started kindergarten (ie, a child age 5 or under)? Do you … Continue reading It’s April 2nd and I’m Not Wearing Blue
So April is upon us and along with it Autism Bewareness Month (I stand by that word choice). Tomorrow is World Autism Awareness Day and I am already feeling suffocated by all of the faux awareness. Awareness would be great if it actually meant that people were actually educating themselves about the realities of autistic … Continue reading
Anyone who has raised a child knows what I mean when I say my daughter is the most beautiful creature I have ever seen. Just the thought of her growing up thinking "I'm ugly" makes me tear up. And the fact that little girls are having negative body images at younger and younger ages is frightening to me. So from the moment I knew I was pregnant, I've been intentional about body-positive parenting.
Your money neither qualifies nor entitles you to make educational decisions. Schools are not a marketplace. You do not get to put money in and then make whimsical demands on what comes out. You want to call all the shots in exchange for your payment? Go to a frozen yogurt bar. At least that way you’re the only one who has to deal with your uninformed decisions.
Trump has released his proposed FY 2018 Federal Budget, and - surprise, surprise - it's a disgrace. Government budgets are moral documents, making the priorities of a governing body plain for all to see. No matter what a politician may say during a campaign, you can tell what they actually care about by looking at what … Continue reading Paying for Powdered Eggs When You Already Own Chickens
I have done racist things while teaching. It sucks to admit that (and it sucks worse that I was racist), but I have to be clear and honest about that for two reasons. One, if I am going to be part of this liberation movement, then I have to be reflective and honest about whether … Continue reading 10 Racist Things Teachers Do and 10 Liberating Things to do Instead
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about Childcare as a Revolutionary Act, which discussed the reasons why providing childcare for leftist movement is so important, and some general tips for childcare providers. But it still left some big questions unanswered: How do you discuss political activism with pre-schoolers? How can you plan activities when you don't … Continue reading Talkin’ Politics with Preschoolers