Excellent memories are a blessing and a curse. This blogs recalls teachers’s comments that remain baffling, shocking, and offending but are important to recognize as children are at risk and words matter.
By what mechanisms are we socialized and acculturated as children? Usual answers involve major social institutions such as churches, media outlets, schools, and family units. But, I’ve never heard anyone make a direct and needed connection between the process of… Read More ›
8 Reasons to Stop Asking: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” – Hidden Power of Words Series, #21
Children and young adults are bombarded with various forms of the question “what do you what to be when you grow up” from almost day one. Such questions are important in that we need to always think about the future, but there are… Read More ›
In this blog, AJP reflects back on some bad experiences in lower elementary years.
Regular readers will remember my very long and question-by-question critique of the 2013 Social Studies STAAR Test. You can find the full version here and a summarized version here. I have been re-reading and re-visiting my thoughts about this test,… Read More ›
As I learned from a friend today, Rasco Middle School decided to have students nominate students for various negative “awards” based on a list provided by teachers. As reported by CBS-KHOU news, one of these students, a child on the… Read More ›
World News: The problem with “world news” on network television programs is that it is not really “world” news. Reports focus on the United States, generally a very specific group of United Statesians who are (racialized as) White, (classized/culturalized as)… Read More ›
[Summary] Toward Truth: Historian Takes on the Social Studies STAAR Test and Explains How it is Indoctrinating Kids
I prepared this as a summary of a much more detailed article located here. If you find this piece interesting or if you have time, please read the longer version. The longer version is about 20 pages and goes through… Read More ›