Politics, Teachers + School Shootings. "I got soul, but I ain't a soldier."
New Hampshire just created a death benefit for teachers "killed in the line of duty.
Well folks. I don't - know what to say.
Yo, man we've literally had a billion stories about cishet folks.
More shows/movies about gay relationships, trans relationships, bi relationships, relationships that we don't even have a name for yet.
More shit that gets deep into the plethora of humans experiences we haven't even scratched the surface of yet.
JESUS CHRIST. We're fining peaceful protests now????? I'm so tired.
One of my students is being courted by the alt-right. I know this because they've been basically reciting the alt-right playbook in my class (such as calling trans folks diseased, women as inherently inferior breeding stock, etc.)
I've lost sleep over this.
But I'm wearing a
Pokemon trucker hat and marching my cheery ass to school because it's FIELD TRIP day, y'all, and I am a goddamn ray of sunshine.
I co-sponsor a GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) group for my middle school.
For Day of Silence back in April we sold rainbow ribbons for $1 and raised $320, which the students chose to donate to Youth Emergency Services.
Today, on our last meeting of the school year, a representative from YES came out to receive the donation.
I am so proud of these young folks.
They're erasing Freddie Mercury's sexuality in the upcoming biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody." I'm so, so disappointed with today.
Most decisions based around student accommodations, support, and qualifications for special education are still based off of IQ tests.
This... makes me uncomfortable.
Because we're defining intelligence as set and unchanging, that working hard is still gonna land you (at best) an average.
And kids take that shit to HEART, y'all. It's defeatist and upsetting and -
On my (slam) poetry unit and bubbles:
Teaching rich kids the realities of Chicago students is - it's a real bubble-popping moment. The homicide rates are shocking, but what really shook them was the airport-security theater required to gain access to SCHOOL.
These kids' parents wander in and out of my school so much we've just started locking doors.
(And the parents are UPSET because "it's a rich community, shootings don't happen here--")
PARKLAND? SANDY HOOK? RINGIN' BELLS?
Today in education: a fist fight, a flasher (yep, that kind), and a fuckyes this is why I DO this damn job
A student (who has turned in maybe five assignments in for the entire year) handed me a three-page essay arguing for the rights of transgender people. They had a big smile on their face and I am so goddamn proud.
(kinda ruined after the bored-child-flasher, but it's Friday, so my tolerance levels are - y'know, they're okay).
Literary public school teacher who talks a lot of shit.
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