Hi, my name is Daniel. I am an 18-year-old, white, transgender boy. Though coming out as trans is quite recent for me, I have always been vocal about equal rights, and not just for the LGBTQ+ community. I’m going to be talking about my experiences at my former school, which is not limited to just my … Continue reading GUEST POST: A day in my life as a high school queer
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!
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: Childcare in Activist Spaces
This week, #45 rolled back federal protections that allowed transgender students to use school facilities in accordance with their gender identity. Now, 45 had said during his campaign that he was not interested in repealing Obama's executive order on this issue, but it appears that he was quite easily swayed by his cabinet. And even … Continue reading Beyond Bathrooms: Supporting Transgender Students in Your School
We're big readers in this family. My dad once told me, "For me, not being able to read would be like not being able to see." The smell of my favorite used book store is as comforting to me as the smell of Christmas cookies. Miles won me over because he understood my reference to Herman … Continue reading Reading Liberation: The Best Social Justice Books for Pre-Schoolers
I love science. Not just in the facebooky "I fucking looooove science, look at this crazy fangly fish!" way (although I totally do that, too). I love science the way my born-again friends love Jesus. I believe in science, I have faith in its reality and ability to enrich our lives, and I am dedicated to … Continue reading What Cosmos and a Dog Tell Us About Standardized Testing
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”
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...