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Monthly Archives: May 2010

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Georgia Teacher Suspended After Pupils Don Klan Robes

Georgia Teacher Suspended After Pupils Don Klan Robes BBC, May 25, 2010 A teacher in Georgia has been suspended after allowing students to dress in mock Ku Klux Klan robes for a project. The teacher had asked four students, none of whom were black, to re-enact scenes from history for a class film. Officials said […]

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La Huelga, The Strike: Month-long Struggle in Puerto Rica

Eleven out of eleven campuses of University of Puerto Rico (UPR) are closed. The strike began on UPR’s Rio Piedras campus and has now spread to all the others. Students are in the fifth week of their strike in resistance of the budget cuts and reduction and elimination of financial aid in the UPR system. […]

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It’s Getting Hot In Here….So Wear A Bulletproof Vest?

“The roof, the roof is on fire we don’t need no water let that muthafucka burn, burn, burn mutha burn”.  Although this quippy party catch phrase is a bit antiquated, I believe it still carries relevance today, specifically in Chicago. For a city that has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of the Great […]

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5 Myths About College Admissions

5 Myths About College Admissions Richard D. Kahlenberg, Washington Post, May 23, 2010 This spring, more than 3 million students will graduate from America’s high schools, and more than 2 million of them will head off to college in the fall. At the top colleges, competition has been increasingly fierce, leaving many high school seniors […]

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Weekly News Roundup

May 17, 2010 – May 23, 2010

Diversity is more than race Casey Peeks, LA Youth, May 23, 2010 How Equal Was This Separate School? Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, May 23, 2010 Communists demand jobs for young people Khethiwe Chelemu, Times Live, May 23, 2010 Which students suffer most from teacher layoffs? Anyone surprised it’s poor, minority students? Maureen Downey, Atlanta […]

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Commencement Season: Summer M.’s Graduation Address

Good morning, and congratulations to the class of 2010.  I know you’re wondering what inspiring words of wisdom I might impart on to a new generation of graduates.  Well, frankly, I have none, which is probably why my commencement address is coming to you via this blog and not as you sporadically doze your way […]

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Montgomery schools track graduates’ rate of college degrees

Montgomery schools track graduates’ rate of college degrees Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, May 18, 2010 Montgomery public schools, one of the few systems in the country that tracks its students all the way through college graduation, released a report Monday that details how many of its students went on to receive bachelor’s degrees — and […]

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Janelle Monae’s “The ArchAndroid”: A STAR IS BORN

Combining the fearlessly experimental, quirky soul disposition of Erykah Badu, the Afro-futurist bent of Parliament/Funkadelic and OutKast, along with a complete mastery of an indefinable, genre-jumping form of pop music (ala Prince, Michael Jackson), Janelle Monae’s The ArchAndroid will at the very least impress the hell out of you.

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From Arizona to South Africa: Is there Hope in the World?

Revolution begins with the self, in the self. Toni Cade Bambara Given the last six months world events—massive earthquake in Haiti, flooding in Nashville, killings in Palestine and Thailand, corrective rapes of lesbians in South Africa, Arizona legalized racial profiling law, oil spill that will forever effect the Gulf Coast, the lies about governmental accountability […]

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Dear Uncle Thomas,

Despite Harriet Beecher Stowe’s best intentions, her character Uncle Tom has become a pejorative term aimed at black American’s accused of selling out to white folks. In the novel, he was supposed to be a good man, a Christian man, but it was Christianity that led him to, even under questionable conditions (say slavery), continue […]

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