Favorite Resources, commutes and difficult questions !

NPR ( National Public Radio) is one of my favorite resources for news, current events and commutes ! Although sometimes it can leave you stunned, despairing and speechless ( even me) – It is a great resources for educators and parents.

My NPR listening has been stunted this past few weeks on my commute – although school is out my son and his friend are participating in a summer program for rising 8th graders at my school. They commute with me daily, I tried listening to NPR with them, but they just talked over it, and they are so darn happy and pleased with themselves it’s hard to tune them out. Today one asked me if it is true you can be born with the wrong gender – I am processing that one and will blog more about it in the future. It’s an important topic and one American schools (and society) is really just beginning to grasp.

Back to NPR – this is a story from a couple of days ago , thankfully technology means I catch my news fix later in the day. Its a challenging story but one I urge you to listen to.The author Ta-Nehisi Coates is a Black man, this is the letter he has written to his son about growing up Black in America and the ‘myriad of evils that spring from racism…that endanger the body.’I can’t help but reflect on how different our two sons will experience life because of their race..

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Looks At The Physical Toll Of Being Black In America

Between the World and Me

Published by Jane Bleasdale PhD

An experienced educator Jane has taught in three different countries in both public and private schools. Jane is currently an assistant professor at the University of San Francisco in the School of Education but travels all over the country as an educational researcher and consultant. Jane earned her Ph.D from Fordham University in Educational Leadership and Policy , the focus of her research was equity and inclusion in high schools.

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