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What We’re Reading This Week: October 11, 2019

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

Participate, But Know Your Place: Young Civic Activists Get Mixed Messages 

Education Week 

“I’m often viewed as, ‘Oh, how cute, you’re a 16-year-old kid.’ I don’t want to be seen that way. I know my facts. I want to do the same things the adults want to do: I want to advocate for legislation.” 

 

Do Works by Men Toppled by #MeToo Belong in the Classroom? 

The New York Times 

“Should they be canceled—banished from public engagement like some of their creators? Or should they continue to be studied, only with frank discussions about abuse and harassment?” 

 

For a Lot of American Teens, Religion Is a Regular Part of the Public School Day 

Pew Research Center 

“The survey … finds that 8% of public school students say they have ever had a teacher lead their class in prayer—an action that the courts have ruled is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. … [T]hese experiences are more common in the South.” 

 

The U.S. Has Been Silencing Black Girls’ Voices for Decades 

Teen Vogue 

“It’s time for us to stop silencing Black girls and charging their families for a racially unjust system. We must instead make room for their voices, their insights, and their leadership.” 

 

What Does It Take to Combat Intolerance? Students at a Virginia High School Find Out. 

The Washington Post 

“It really shocked me what kinds of underlying prejudices I already had ingrained in me.”