What We’re Reading This Week: February 7, 2020

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

Turning Up the Pressure for Integration, NYC Students Plan Citywide School Boycott 


“It’s just addressing the inaction by the city government, but I think more importantly, it’s also about building youth power. If you walk out, you’re taking the power into your own hands.” 


“Talking White”: Letting Students Express Themselves 

Christina Torres 

“I cannot claim to be culturally responsive if I proclaim to my students that their cultural ways of communicating are somehow inferior to ‘standard English.’” 


California School Officials Reassure Immigrant Parents After Ruling Limiting Benefits 


“Ever since the new policy was proposed in 2018, Arenas said, families were hesitant to send their children to school and to receive services. ‘This is a consistent fear, and they’re confused now.’” 


Dress Codes Are the New ‘Whites Only’ Signs 

The Hechinger Report 

“When dress codes reinforce white norms, being black becomes a violation.” 


Facial Recognition Moves Into a New Front: Schools 

The New York Times 

“Critics of the technology … point to the growing evidence of racial bias in facial recognition systems. In December, the federal government released a study, one of the largest of its kind, that found that most commercial facial recognition systems exhibited bias, falsely identifying African American and Asian faces 10 to 100 times more than Caucasian faces. Another federal study found a higher rate of mistaken matches among children.”