Tuesday, July 27, 2010

From "How to Deal with Racist and Sexist Material In Workshop"

Work on empathy. Work on getting the writer to think about what and how they are saying things, using de-politicized language. Encourage them to try to write from their "other" perspective. Assume everyone wants liberation in this world, and critique them from that perspective, assuming they want to write beautiful stories and not ones that by their very nature add to the ugly humdrum world. (Katherine Sparrow -- available in v2 of the WisCon Chronicles)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Diversity's New Challenges



Instead, what the black students revealed was that they were responding to their educational environment with "social mistrust.” “When they felt trust,” says Steele, summarizing the results of this series of experiments, the students “performed well regardless of whether we had weakened their self-confidence beforehand. And when they didn’t feel trust, no amount of bolstering of self-confidence helped." He goes on to suggest that educational policy needs to recognize how "different kinds of students may require different pedagogies of improvement."

Steele says that we need to think about “fostering racial trust” if we want to improve the educational environment for vast numbers of American college students. This proposal – and the groundbreaking research on which it is based – goes to the heart of the discussion of what we may call "the future of diversity." The proposal takes us beyond our current – perfectly justified – concern with providing more students "access" to college. It forces us to think about what our campuses feel like to those who come to learn.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Towards a Pedagogy of Tenderness

The always amazing Becky Thompson describes a pedagogy of tenderness.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Leading Effective Classroom Discussions on Controversial Issues

Chronicle article on controversy in the classroom -- provides a set of guidelines for making sure it's an effective conversation.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl


Sorry for the long hiatus -- apparrently it's a lot harder to think about radical pedagogy when you're teaching! :P

Sunday, September 7, 2008

ill doctrine


I really, really like these entries! Okay, so the idea is that this guy is a hip hop vlogger who offers astute social commentary on race, politics, etc etc. What's hot is that they're portable.

How awesome would it be to incorporate something like his Conversations About Race clip in a ResLife training session?