quote:Originally posted by umbrarchist:
I put together a reading list which you haven't said much about except criticise that some people might object to BLACK MEN: OBSOLETE, SINGLE, DANGEROUS? When I pointed to that website with that model engine you said I should be working with the tech people at your school. It is like you only approve of things that already fit into your vision of education.
My reading list is still there:
Want to suggest any additions?
I'm sorry that you received my suggestions as criticism. Perhaps you may have forgotten, but not only did I suggest that you share your enthusiasm for technology with students in schools, I recommended that you purchase the books on your list and submit them to public schools to be placed in school libraries. I also suggested that you read the books, on your list, to students on days when vistors are welcome, such as Career Days. On this day, you could discuss with students your profession and interests and tell them why your interests are so important.
The "criticism" that I offered emanates from my experience working as a teacher in the educational system. As I have told you before, teachers are under an enormous amount of pressure to prepare students for standardized assessments, such as MSA and SAT. These assessments are designed to test students cumulative knowlege and competency in mathematics and reading. No where on these tests are students expected to know why Black men are obsolete, single, and dangerous. Generally, that is not the reason why the Black students, White students, Latino, and Asian students that I teach are in school to learn. Therefore, though some teachers may manage to slip in discussions about race and politics during instructional times, perhaps during a Social Studies lesson, because there is so much information to cover in so little time, teachers are mainly focused on building (and strengthening) their students' skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, as they should be. And strengthenting students skills in reading, writing, and mathematics is also what school administrators are constantly pressuring (sometimes demanding) teachers to do.