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What We’re Reading This Week: December 14, 2018

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

'Barber Shop Chronicles' Shows Vulnerable Black Masculinity, One Haircut At A Time

the Artery

"My grandfather used to make me go but the conversations that would happen in the shop were always captivating. It’s a community based place for young men to get educated about who they’re going to become."

 

Parents Are Biased Against Even Quality ‘Urban’ Schools 

The Atlantic 

“In recent years, many of America’s urban schools have improved significantly. … But middle-class, white parents tend to make assumptions otherwise—and research suggests that those assumptions are the result of racial biases.”  

 

Non-Binary Will Be An Official Gender Option At D.C., Arlington, And Alexandria Schools 

DCist 

“Even now with a lot of the things going on that can make me feel a little bit scared to exist, someone, somewhere, is like, ‘No. We know you exist. And here’s how we’re showing you.’” 

 

Kids Shouldn’t Have to Sacrifice Privacy for Education 

The New York Times 

“It is not just about the protection of data; it is a matter of letting children learn and grow without concern about how their early preferences, talents and habits could shape the opportunities they have in the future.” 

 

The Costs of the Confederacy 

Smithsonian Magazine 

“In the last decade alone, American taxpayers have spent at least $40 million on Confederate monuments and groups that perpetuate racist ideology.”