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Why I Dropped Everything And Started Teaching Kendrick Lamar’s New Album

When Kendrick Lamar released his sophomore album, To Pimp A Butterfly (2015), I was in the middle of teaching a unit on Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye (1970). My freshmen students were grappling with some big ideas and some really complex language. Framing the unit as an “Anti-Oppression” study, we took special efforts to define and explore the kinds …

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Invitation to the Met, in the voice of Maxine Greene

Dear New York City student, You are cordially invited to join us for an evening of intertextual exploration at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located at 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028. Please do not leave your identity on the downtown A train. Bring it with you (you will need it). There is no dress code. Bring your language. …

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10 Responses to “No Homo”

1. Don’t worry bruh – here’s a manly fist bump to cancel out that semi-emotional moment we just shared. It should eradicate any hint of intimacy or human connection that you have confused with butt-sex. 2. Anything else but THAT be cool. It’s never “no rapist” or “no woman-beater,” but instead the scariest, most destructive abomination of all things holy …

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If I was given three minutes of airtime on Super Bowl Sunday, I’d spit a spoken word poem that goes something like this:

America, you are in need of guardian angels! Did you know that angel’s cast spells? You should know that because you never know when you might need protection from the unseen – like all of the subliminal destruction broadcast over these airwaves on the daily. Like right now, if this poem wasn’t permeating your consciousness, would you be salivating over …

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Makes Sense

A body swinging from a tree looks like the pendulum of a grandfather clock. A scream muffled by the feathers of a pillow sounds like music trapped inside the lungs of an orphan. The salt on someone else’s girlfriend’s neck tastes like dead tulips. Stale brandy on a father’s breath smells like secrets. Messiah fingertips feel like dust and stone …

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90 Days of American Schooling

1. This syllabus is now your God. Best learn how to genuflect. 2. Everything is here in black and white. My expectations are clear. Don’t act like you weren’t told. 3. You see my late policy. You see our classroom norms. Don’t act like you don’t know, because now you know. 4. This is a contract. You will sign it. …

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16 Days of American Schooling

1. This syllabus is now your God. Don’t act like you weren’t told. Everything is here in black and white. My expectations are clear. You will sign this. Your parents will sign this. You see my late policy. You see our classroom norms. Don’t act like you don’t know, because now you know. 2. I will make my PowerPoints available …

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Thesis Christ

How far reaching are the effects of our “authoritative” insistence that students should always be searching for conclusions? I wonder if there is anything at all, in my life, that I have come to a complete, definitive, absolute conclusion about. What happens to the development of young learners when we insist an “illusion of mastery”? When I heard Maxine Greene …