Quilting with middle school students

For my community service project this year I am working with 14 middle school students as “blanketeers.” We are making tied quilts for a local chapter of Project Linus the national organization that distributes new, handmade blankets to kids ages 0-18 who are in the hospital. We are going to make quilts that are three…

Not your America or my America, but…

Our America LeAlan Jones, who with David Isay and Lloyd Newman produced the astonishing Ghetto 101 and Remorse documentaries for NPR, spoke today at school to the 3-12th grades. The most important thing he had to say to all of us was that he doesn’t think less of the students here because of their privilege,…

Bone tired

Thursday and Friday of this past week we went on the Junior Class retreat.  We take our class into the city, stay at a hostel, eat pot-luck, and work on social justice issues.  Along the way we try to learn a little bit about each other and begin to appreciate the “others” that are both…

Putting all the pieces together

I work with the United States History and the other American Literature teachers on a project that is wholly valuable, consistently maddening, and frequently time sucking.  There are definitely days when it doesn’t feel worth all the work, all the talking and thinking, all the mediating and prodding.  And then a student will remind me…

The things we LIKE are complicit in the things we DON’T…

Today Theresa and I spent the day with ten junior girls looking at images of women and girls in the media, particularly print media – those ubiquitous women’s and girls’ fashion and lifestyle magazines – and thinking about how destructive they are to us as people – men and women To Begin We started by…