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trigger warnings–again

Sincere question: why is anything that students want that requires that we think of them as humans deemed “privileged” “entitled” “coddled”? I’m really really getting frustrated with the number of educators–because yes, that is what we are when we work in universities; we’re not just researchers: we are EDUCATORS–that don’t want to acknowledge the humanity…… Continue reading trigger warnings–again

Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Native American Studies · pedagogy · Politics of Education · Teaching

Owning Up to Our Mistakes: Pedagogy, Accountability, and Authority

I came across this article as I was scrolling through Facebook a few days ago. Chiitaanibah Johnson, a Native American student, was expelled from class in a university for disagreeing with a professor who said that “genocide isn’t really what happened” to the indigenous population in North America. This professor also glossed over slavery and land theft…… Continue reading Owning Up to Our Mistakes: Pedagogy, Accountability, and Authority

Ethnicity Studies · Politics of Education · Teaching

Empathy, and recognizing humanity

“Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin has to be one of my favorite stories, and it paired perfectly today with my need to discuss racism with my students. There’s a line where the narrator says, “My trouble made his real.” And, later, Sonny says, “And I don’t know how I played, thinking about it now, but…… Continue reading Empathy, and recognizing humanity