Over the past year or so, a lot of white friends have asked me, “I'm ready to be more than an ally, but I also don't want to encroach on black liberation spaces. How can I support the movement?” My best answer (besides, “Ask your black-led organizations what they need from you”) is offer to … Continue reading Childcare is a Revolutionary Act
All through my high school and college years -- and even as a 24-year-old educator! -- older adults told me that the older I got, the more moderate I'd become. I'd give up on my radical politics and mellow out and invest in the stock market and not get so hyped up about trivial things like wars. Yeah, not so much...
My sister asked me if I wanted to come with her to the #WomensMarchonWashington back in November. I decided I would go -- but I have to admit that I didn't really fully commit to the idea until just a few weeks ago. What?? Why? You introduced yourself to us as a radical leftist and feminist! Why … Continue reading Five Million Women Ask: What Now?
On Wednesday, I will take a high-stakes, state-mandated, standardized test for the first time in nearly fifteen years. The state of TN requires that every pre-service teacher take multiple Praxis exams before we can get certified, and so I've been preparing myself for this week's Teaching Reading test. It will be the first of two, … Continue reading This Is “Only a Test”
Today, all American media is tripping over itself to "honor" the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by ripping his quotes out from their vital contexts and sharing them as vague, instagram-ready platitudes about "hate cannot drive out hate" and nonviolence. My inbox is full of big-box stores encouraging me to celebrate this three … Continue reading Reclaiming MLK Day
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...
Inclusion - a term usually used to describe general classroom placements for students with disabilities - can revolutionize our schools and make them better for all students