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What We’re Reading This Week: November 8, 2019

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

What Is Personalized Learning? 

Education Week 

“When it comes to ‘personalized learning,’ there’s no shortage of hyperbole from either proponents or critics. Here’s what you need to know about the realities of one of the biggest, most controversial trends in K-12 education—starting with the most difficult question first.” 

 

How Do You Reclaim a Massacre? 

GEN by Medium 

“Above their pictures are the words ‘1921 Race Riot Survivors.’ A thin black line scratched out ‘riot,’ and ‘massacre’ was scrawled below.” 

 

Flint’s Children Suffer in Class After Years of Drinking the Lead-Poisoned Water 

The New York Times 

“Five years after Michigan switched Flint’s water supply to the contaminated Flint River from Lake Huron, the city’s lead crisis has migrated from its homes to its schools, where neurological and behavioral problems — real or feared — among students are threatening to overwhelm the education system.” 

 

A White Southerner Confronts Her Schooling at a Segregated Private ‘Academy’ and Challenges Others to do the Same 

The Washington Post 

“This is not a proud narrative, and it’s not an exercise in negative nostalgia. It’s unsettling because it’s so close to home. This is not like confronting the Civil War that deals with what your great grandparents did. This is something you did, something your parents did.” 

 

November is Native American Heritage Month. Critics say Trump is subverting it with a new celebration of the Founding Fathers.

The Washington Post

“By centering this founders’ narrative and calling it American history, it completely erases Native people. It’s an uncomfortable truth that the first people in this country were here before the founding of the U.S.”