I decided to submit one of my classroom’s chalkboard drawings for “the doctor who tumblr asked for my autograph” thing! My students have been posing for their own pictures in front of this all day.
May 17, 1954: The Supreme Court Rules on Brown v. Board of Education
On this day in 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that racial segregation in public schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which says that no state may deny equal protection of the laws to any person within its jurisdiction.
Although the decision did not succeed in fully desegregating public education in the United States, it put the Constitution on the side of racial equality and galvanized the nascent civil rights movement into a full revolution.
Can you name all the key players behind Brown v. Board of Education? Revisit the landmark case with PBS’ The Supreme Court site.
Photo: School integration, Barnard School, Washington, D.C., 1955 (Library of Congress).
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“Think how many such spans stretch from a woman / to the man she longs for and avoids. #Rilke #poetry
My sister keeps asking me if I want to go see The Great Cosby with her and I don’t have it in my heart to correct her.
For those of you who criticize Janelle’s signature monochromatic look.
From her speech on “Black Girls Rock”:
“When I started my music career, I was a maid. I used to clean houses. My mother was a proud janitor. My stepfather, who raised me like his very own, worked at the post office and my father was a trashman. They all wore uniforms and that’s why I stand here today, in my black and white, and I wear my uniform to honor them.
This is a reminder that I have work to do. I have people to uplift. I have people to inspire. And today, I wear my uniform proudly as a Cover Girl. I want to be clear, young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Cover Girl. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.
Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.” - Janelle Monáe
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Anyone who thinks Shakespeare is boring apparently missed the greatest stage direction ever written:
I want that to be the final line of my biography.
Maria, the student I referenced in my “It Gets Better” comics, appeared a whole bunch in the strip’s early days. This is one of my favorite of her appearances. Having read those comics, you can see the through line here of the things Maria was dealing with during her high school years.
Teachers get a bad rap for not wanting to put weight behind the tangibles in our profession - the data, the constant observations. That’s the stuff supposed to be quantifiable. I don’t know many teachers who feel this way but, ok, I can see the layperson viewing this as teachers not wanting to be “accountable” or whatever.
Something like what’s happening in the above comic… it’s not quantifiable. You can’t weigh the ability of a student being able to open up to you about a problem against how they score on a high stakes test. It’s impossible.
…and yet, if you ask most educators, it’s exactly these kind of situations that MAKE them who they are. It makes them do what they do. There willing to endure quite a lot in the service of helping young people in any way then can. I’m hopeful someday I’ll live in a world where that’s not taken for granted quite so much.