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What We're Reading This Week: November 10, 2017

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

Attending a School Named After a Confederate General

The Atlantic

“Students begin to [ask], We understand that this was part of our history, but is it necessarily part of our future? What are we celebrating about this person? I think the school name becomes one of those subtle messages that communicate to young black kids … that you don't matter”

 

Almost All Students With Disabilities Are Capable of Graduating on Time. Here’s Why They’re Not.

The Hechinger Report

“For many children with disabilities, they’re capable of far more than their schools give them credit for. [Their education] falls far short of what federal law requires or even what common sense dictates.”

 

Texas Votes Against Mexican-American Studies Textbook

The Huffington Post

“I came here because I thought we’d wind up getting a Mexican-American studies textbook, but instead they just kicked the can down the lane. We’ve been talking to them for years now. We said, ‘Hey, let’s make a course;’ they said ‘no.’ Then we said, ‘Hey, let’s get a textbook.’ We tried that twice and we’re still nowhere.”

 

Teaching Tolerance Offers K-12 Digital Literacy Lessons

The Journal

“The organization noted the ‘plethora of new information on just how damaging fake news can be to democracy.’ By providing the free K-12 lessons, the project said it hopes to outfit teachers to help their students ‘become better consumers and disseminators of online information.’”

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