May the Circles be Unbroken

Intertwined Hands650x400

Empathy is in short supply these days, with bigotry and bullying in ascendance. Teachers are alarmed by this phenomenon, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has dubbed the “Trump Effect.” M. Starita Boyce Ansari critiques our education system, which has banished experiential learning to the periphery of children’s lives. She offers us the model of giving circles, which meld responsiveness and altruism with community engagement, nurturing our students’ humanity.

Starita Boyce Ansari designs out-of-school programs for elementary through college students. She studies the economics of discrimination and education equity, equality and access, and she has co-authored two books on . . . Read full article →

SHARE

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Plus

On Imagination, A Tool for Survival

img-blog-save-our-future

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election, early educators across the country continue to be bombarded by the questions and fears of our youngest students. Emily Kaplan takes us back to her own childhood and youth, infused by the experiences and wisdom of her grandmother, who worked in a displaced persons camp in Germany in 1945.

Kaplan is an elementary school teacher who has taught in suburban, charter, public, and private schools in greater Boston and rural Guatemala. Her writing focuses on children, education, and social equity. This piece originally appeared at her blog at Defending . . . Read full article →

SHARE

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Plus

Babes in Trump Land: The Path Forward

img-blog-walking-path

“Keep anxiety at bay,” was the subject line of last week’s email from the Family Institute at Northwestern University. The magnitude of the task can’t be overstated. One of the monsters has come out of the closet, and he will soon live in a big white house built by slaves.

On the evening after Donald Trump claimed victory, my millennial daughter joined tens of thousands of Americans in protest, their action captured by the hashtag #NotMyPresident. This radical spark is woven into her DNA. Her grandmother voted for Adlai Stevenson, an intellectual with a progressive bent who lost . . . Read full article →

SHARE

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Plus