Hard History

In middle and high school, I grew up outside Washington DC, so I went to Virginian public schools. I learned the Virginian version of American history, which exalted the role of Virginia in creating our ideals of liberty and justice of all in the US, particularly during the colonial and Revolutionary periods. When I moved … More Hard History

When Shakespeare Meets Black Lives Matter

For us in Cary, NC, the great cultural disappointment of the summer was the cancellation of the annual Summerfest concert series, when the NC Symphony plays at the magical outdoor pavilion known as Koka Booth Amphitheater (and I’m sure you can guess why). In New York, another great summer tradition fell as well–the free Shakespeare … More When Shakespeare Meets Black Lives Matter

A Play About Racism for Children Available for Free Download this Weekend

If you have been looking for a resource to help you discuss all the current social action around the Black Lives Matter movement, Broadway on Demand may have just the thing for you. On August 1-2, they are providing free downloads of A Kids Play About Racism, a piece of theater designed to provoke age-appropriate … More A Play About Racism for Children Available for Free Download this Weekend

Juneteenth 2020

I couldn’t help it. I literally laughed out loud this week when I read in the Washington Post that Donald Trump had announced: “I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous,” Trump told [Wall Street Journal journalist Michael] Bender. “It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.” … More Juneteenth 2020

How White Bias Becomes Institutionalized in Literature Classes II: Part 2- Teacher Work Load

EVERYONE in our house loves books! Preface: The following are my personal reflections on how white bias becomes institutionalized in high school literature classes.  I teach group literature classes to homeschool students, but have never taught in a conventional public or private school, so my perspective reflects that.  Also, I earned a Masters degree in … More How White Bias Becomes Institutionalized in Literature Classes II: Part 2- Teacher Work Load

How White Bias Becomes Institutionalized in Literature Classes: Part 1- Testing

Preface: The following are my personal reflections on how white bias becomes institutionalized in high school literature classes.  I teach group literature classes to homeschool students, but have never taught in a conventional public or private school, so my perspective reflects that.  Also, I earned a Masters degree in Education in Education and National Development, … More How White Bias Becomes Institutionalized in Literature Classes: Part 1- Testing