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What We're Reading This Week: February 9, 2018

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

The Bureau of Indian Education Is Broken

Education Week

"Although only 8 percent of Native students actually attend schools managed by the BIE, they often post the lowest achievement outcomes of all students in their respective states. … They are smart, creative, and ready to learn. They only need the adults in the bureaucratic maze of the BIE to deliver the programs and services they need."

 

Handcuffs and a Psych Exam for a 7-year-old?

Disability Scoop

"The fourth-grader had gotten upset when a teacher told him to make up some schoolwork during recess. As Kevin grew increasingly agitated, one of his teachers told the other to call the Baker Act number, Kevin later told his mother. Kevin knew what 'Baker Act' meant. Two years earlier, during another meltdown, teachers at his old school had invoked the Florida law, which instructs police to take people who appear to be mentally ill and pose a danger to themselves or others for an involuntary psychiatric exam. On that occasion, Kevin's parents had shown up just in time, before police could handcuff him."

 

Could the #MeToo Movement Change Sex Ed.?

Education Week

"There are very few schools I come across that are doing anything on this subject whatsoever, whether it's talking about consent as a general concept, or practically, what the tools look like to practice consent. It's so valuable for schools to start focusing on this kind of stuff because it's really a vacuum. And when you look at what information is going to fill that vacuum, you should get uneasy really quickly."

 

Teachers, How Does It Feel to Be Oppressors?

The Hechinger Report

"Black history should not reify oppression or confirm what people of color already know: enslavement was a brutal practice then and racism in the classroom is cruel now. You don't have to teach children what it feels like to be a slave. Teach students something that schools and universities have yet to dedicate significant time to‚ÄĒunderstanding the mind of the oppressor and strategies to counter those beliefs."

 

Massachusetts Elementary School Principal Announces She Is Transgender

USA Today

"The principal introduced herself to a visitor by saying, 'Hi, I'm Shannon Daniels.' … As she spoke, Daniels pointed to a student's drawing on her office wall with the caption, 'We All Fit In At Stanley.' The school, which has 280 students from kindergarten to fourth grade, will hold a question-and-answer session for parents on Monday. … It will include a representative from the state's Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students."
 

If you come across a current article or blog you think other educators should read, please let us know!