Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Responses from class...

Notes on responding to sentiments...

"Gay Marriage agenda"

  • I am not taking a stand on anything.  The supreme court took the stand and now I am just stating a point of fact.  Staying silent is still taking a stand.  There is no neutral.

"Children at any age shouldn't be educated about that..."
  • ignorance leads to misunderstanding and hatred

"Natural way of loving someone"
  • Who decides what is natural?  Church says it is procreative only. What does naturally mean?  What are the different kinds of love?
  • In 2015, in this country, our supreme court has dictated that people who love each other are allowed to get married.  
  • In nature, there are other species that love each other who are not opposite sexes.
  • Studies show that 10% of the population is gay.

"Not our responsibility to expose kids to this issue.."
  • Danger of a single story...
  • Exposure is just another view point
  • If not our responsibility, then whose is it?
  • If 10% of the population is gay, then I am only talking about something that they are already exposed to in their families, communities, friendships, self.

Some key sentence starters:
  • "Some people believe..."
  • "In this country, in 2015..."
  • "Everyone has the right to feel safe in this classroom.  So..."
  • Windows and mirrors:  we know that everyone needs an opportunity to see him/herself in the curriculum.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

confessions of a reflective practitioner

Hi folks,

Loved reading your blogs, as I always do.  I know that the LGBT content this week is a mine field for many of you and you were so honest and thoughtful in taking it up in your writing.

Last week in class I promised I would share a little bit of my own reflective practice story after you shared so much about yourselves in your Choices in Context papers.  So here is an article I wrote quite some times ago (2007) that details many of my own choices in context.  I know you will hear echoes of our authors here, if not explicit reference to them.  Would be happy to talk about any of it with you if you have questions or comments!

See you tomorrow!

LB :)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Thought you would find this interesting...

This is a video posted by a Texas mom, looking at the "Patterns of Immigration" in the United States.  This feels like a different kind of colorblindness than what we were talking about last week, but this certainly shows the power of language in defining (or erasing) people and their histories.