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What We’re Reading This Week: August 16, 2019

A weekly sampling of articles, blogs and reports relevant to TT educators.

The Growing Crisis of Homeless Kids 

APM Reports 

“More bullying, more post-traumatic stress disorder, more eating disorders. Homelessness itself has an impact above and beyond the poverty. Everything from absenteeism to graduation, we see quite a disproportionate impact.” 

 

Immigrant Students Learn Hard Lessons About Racism at a Historically White High School in Maine 

Boston Globe 

“I don’t take it to the point where I’m like protesting in the middle of class and screaming. But if something happens, I’m not going to stay quiet, because then I feel like I’m losing myself.” 

 

A Losing Fight to Keep Schools Desegregated 

Education Week 

“Few districts have done as much as Wake County, N.C., has to keep its schools racially and socioeconomically diverse. It is a battle that the school board says it has been losing.” 

 

Pediatricians Group Warns That Racism Is Harmful to The Health of Children (Audio) 

NPR 

“For some kids, it can increase anxiety. Wherever kids are touching systems or touching their lived environment, there’s always some insult from [racism]—these small, small incidents or they could be huge incidents.” 

 

The 1619 Project 

The New York Times 

“The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.”

 

Wausau School Board Pushes Measure to Ban Native American Mascots Statewide 

Post Crescent 

“It was important to us to take a stance. It’s our responsibility. Any time you’re using mascots or logos that are depicting cultures that’s not a history lesson, it promotes a hostile environment.”