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The Comfort of Bias

We often find it more natural and fitter to have our own beliefs and opinions, and it is often easier to accept information that confirms these views. One reason people may be resistant to look at both sides of an issue is confirmation bias, which is the tendency to...

Empowering Youth through Civil Rights Education

In the late 1950s, a series of nonviolent demonstrations sprouted up across the Southeast in opposition to Jim Crow laws. Different groups such as CORE, SNCC, and SCLC organized sit-ins, Freedom Rides, and marches, which garnered much attention and eventually forced...

Move as fast as you can but as slow as you need to

“Move as fast as you can but as slow as you need to.” Change does not happen overnight it takes disciplined and dedicated individuals for change to occur. Being a lifelong learner means recognizing that being of service to the people is not a job or a time in our...


Teaching in Material Context

In spite of well researched inequities in the U.S., many educators work without an understanding of the material conditions that perpetuate these inequities. Disproportionalities based on race and low socio-economic standing are often the silent giant in classrooms...

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A Call for Democracy Education

Most media and corporate backed discussions about school improvement focus on continuing to make schools a testing field that results in the separation, segregation and disintegration of communities.  We’re not opposed to testing.  But testing, like...

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Teaching and Learning Self-forgetfulness

“There is joy in self-forgetfulness. So I try to make the light in others’ eyes my sun, the music in others’ ears my symphony, the smile on others’ lips my happiness”–Helen Keller (1966). Self-forgetfulness, defined as the ability to put the interests of the...

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A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart

Junior at Kent Meridian High School Dr. King says, “Life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony.” Life is in a constant motion it isn’t all of something and nothing of something else. Life manages to present the most complex of situations...

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