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Radical pedagogy is not quickly or easily defined, and may not be clearly visible at first glance. Derik, one of the students in the sixth grade class with which I work, has been struggling since the beginning of the school year. He has a violent home life, limited family support, and probably (though he has not been formally diagnosed) some serious emotional and learning issues which are genuinely debilitating for him as a student. When he feels even slightly overwhelmed or inadequate–faced with a math sheet he doesn’t understand, or a writing assignment he doesn’t know how to start–he completely shuts down, often placing his head on his desk, and refuses to do work.
If we know what kind of education we want, whose approval do we think we need to implement it? There is a great tradition in Chicago of Saturday schools–classes, programs and workshops led by community organizations and members on Saturday mornings and afternoons. Most prominent and ongoing in immigrant communities, especially in Polish and Greek neighborhoods, many of these programs started as a means of addressing the needs of immigrant students which were not being met in the larger school system, and of maintaining cultural practices in a new city. They commence in religious temples, halls, lodges, and the homes and apartments of community members. Often placing a heavy emphasis on language, many of these schools also teach history, dance, folklore, art, music, and a host of skills which have not been taken up or given the same value by the public schools.
President Barack Obama greets New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at the Albany NanoTech Complex at the State University of New York on May 8. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/GettyImages) Backed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the SUNY20/20 Act sounds the death knell of universal, affordable education. Students from New York’s SUNY and CUNY systems played a leading role in organizing last month’s Student Power Convergence in Columbus, Ohio, which brought together students and advocates from across the continent .
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Chapter 1 – How Latin America Saved the United States from Itself Chapter 2 – The Most Important Place in the World Chapter 3 – Going Primitive Chapter 4 – Bringing it All Back Home Chapter 5 – The Third Conquest of Latin America Chapter One How Latin America Saved the United States from Itself “Latin America doesn’t matter,” Richard Nixon once said, “people don’t give one shit” about the place. Not quite. Ever since the very first report from Jamestown settlers to London in 1607 warned of the “ devouringe Spaniard,” British colonists and then US elites defined themselves in relation to their Spanish- (and Portuguese-) speaking neighbors to the south. The following selection of documents, most of which are referenced in the first chapter of Empire’s Workshop , illustrates this preoccupation across the centuries.
Teaching About Racism in a Post Racial Age: The Pleasures of Deconstructing Colorblind Racist Speech OnlineWe are having a great conversation here about race play and BDSM . I was a bit nervous about the topic because we do not usually discuss sex and relationships here on We Are Respectable Negroes . As often occurs, I am pleasantly surprised by the range of readers here on WARN and their insightful comments. I am learning so much from all of the good sharing that is going on in that conversation. Do chime in if so inclined.
A liberal arts education can be the foundation for a career in just about any field, from politics to business, not just those directly related to liberal arts majors. Through these courses, students learn how to solve problems, think critically, write well, and gain a whole host of important facts about history and culture. That’s what makes these kinds of courses so essential in a well-rounded college degree program, and why so many colleges require students to take them, regardless of major. Even if you’ve already signed up to take the basic liberal arts courses at your school, whether for your major or to fulfill general education requirements, it never hurts to take a few more or to expand your knowledge beyond the material covered in a course. We previously compiled a list of the best free STEM resources and now it’s the liberal arts’ turn, with loads of courses, lectures, reading material, and more on this list for you to look at and learn from in your free time.