Re: our discussion about equity and race. This video from Upworthy is thought-provoking and gives a good idea how we might - gently - end some kinds of white privilege. (Of course, you have to be the kind of person who is able to stand up for others. That's not always easy.)
Good op-ed from Web Hutchins (and Judith Billings) who continues to push onward for better civics in our curriculum. From the op-ed:
"Seattle can create a unified K-12 school system that celebrates
citizenship, cultivates character and boosts academic achievement by
adopting the Civics for All Initiative. This 2011 policy proposal calls
for district adoption of substantial increases in K-12 civics
requirements, media literacy, districtwide K-12 mock elections each
November and civics connections across the curriculum.
director of the Master’s in Teaching Program at Seattle University and a
Civics for All board member, asserts that a strong civics foundation
for young learners is essential because “research suggests that children
start to develop a strong sense of social responsibility and an
interest in civic ideals like fairness in the elementary years.”
For marginalized students, especially, this is a profoundly empowering experience that often fuels academic growth.
Abundant research shows that civic literacy is just as critical to
student success as literacy in math and English. And civics supports
district work in many areas, like anti-bullying, the new arts initiative
and the new Common Core education standards.
Abraham Lincoln reportedly said, “The philosophy of the school room
in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”
King County Elections Director Sherril Huff and Secretary of State Kim
Wyman have pledged to help facilitate Seattle’s annual mock elections.
If Seattle Schools Superintendent José Banda decides to endorse the
initiative, preparations will commence for the Nov. 4, 2014, election,
when Seattle could hold the largest mock election of this type in
Contact the Superintendent at: firstname.lastname@example.org