Tag: poverty

Calm Down, No One Thinks Class is More Important than Race 

I’ve been in the community organizing and activism game for a long time. I was an activist in junior high, which is when I got a teacher fired for being both incompetent and bigoted by circulating and organizing a petition. I’ve been doing that work ever since. In high school, myself and other community leaders

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Coal Miner’s Refrain

Let’s play a fun game. I’m going to post two images and you try to guess which members of the political spectrum posted them. Some context, I was on Facebook yesterday and both of these images appeared in my feed at roughly the same time. Both people in question are life-long educators. Both of them

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The Beautiful People that We’ve Ruined

It has taken months for me to figure out how to write this post. At first I ran away from it, avoiding it, burying it, rejecting it. Then I spent a long time trying to find a way to wrap it in a pretty bow and make it nice. It was always there in the

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Should be Obvious: But Here Are the Reasons the Poor are Struggling in Schools

There has been a lot of confusion about this issue, so I am going to be using my personal experience to illustrate my point. The following is the list of reasons why school was difficult for me, my family and my friends. 1) When you don’t have enough to eat it is hard to learn.

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