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What We’re Reading This Week: May 3, 2019

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

Entrenched Positions and Pleas for Change: NYC Council Debates School Integration 

Chalkbeat 

“What are you going to say to me today? You need more time to study the issue? You need another task force? Let us address segregation today.” 

 

Even 'Digital Natives' May Need Lessons on Online Political Discourse 

Education Week 

“Learning how to express yourself as it relates to the things you care about in society is fundamentally important to democracy, and in order for that process to work well, you want your ideas to be well informed and interact and be in dialogue with other people in a respectful, perhaps assertive, informed way.” 

 

Teachers Go to School on Racial Bias 

The Hechinger Report 

“The first step, cultural proficiency proponents say, is for white teachers simply to acknowledge the role that racial and cultural bias plays inside the building and classrooms. It’s a step that doesn’t come easily.” 

 

With Anti-Semitic Incidents in Schools on the Rise, Teachers Grapple With Holocaust Education 

PBS Frontline 

“Educators across the country are grappling with how to make the lessons of the Holocaust relevant to children at a time when it is vanishing from the collective memory. Sixty-six percent of millennials could not identify what Auschwitz was, and 22 percent had not heard of or were unfamiliar with the Holocaust.” 

 

A Symbol of Slavery—and Survival 

The Washington Post 

“Historians are trying to find out as much as possible about Angela, the first African woman documented in Virginia. They see her as a seminal figure in American history—a symbol of 246 years of brutal subjugation that left millions of men, women and children enslaved at the start of the Civil War.”