My friend, Jennifer Brown, was upset. She wrote about it on her blog. (I wish I was as passionately articulate as she is.)
My virtual friend, Rusul Alrubail, whom I infer did not travel to #educon because of the current political situation, posted this practical advice for people:https://t.co/EGyIZUOG1P check out my mom's latest blog post. I was brought to tears.Every student deserves to learn from educators like her.— jenna brown (@JennaMichellex) January 29, 2017
If you're looking for actionable steps to help in the aftermath of the #MuslimBan here is a good list by @KhaledBeydoun #nomuslimban. pic.twitter.com/wrEazN1IyZ— Rusul الربيعي (@RusulAlrubail) January 29, 2017
As educators, what should we do? Should we keep politically neutral? Should we avoid controversy? I made my plans public and clear on Twitter -
My upcoming week's lessons will reflect current events & #MuslimBan Challenging with elementary kids? Maybe. Needed? Yes. #EduColor— Diana Maliszewski (@MzMollyTL) January 28, 2017
My goal is not to indoctrinate, but to think critically. My aim is to examine current events and understand what's happening and why.
This is not easy for everyone. Look at Doug Robertson's dilemma (read the top tweet second; read the bottom tweet first).
This is why organizations like Teaching Kids News @TeachKidsNews on Twitter, are vital. I hope that within the next couple of days, they will have a student-friendly news article for teachers to read with their class on the topic. For instance, here is a kid-friendly news article about the inauguration and the Women's March the following day. It strives to provide facts and promote discussion.
To those of you in schools where you might be labeled an "agitator" for mentioning this issue, I have something for you. I'm working with my Grade 1-5 students on an inquiry unit on clothing. One aspect that I will need to address, because it is part of the media literacy expectations, concerns overt and implied messages. This tweet, posted by a new virtual friend of mine, is perfect for teaching overt and implied messages to my students.
This ban I like pic.twitter.com/rxmkFkQH6R— Munazzah Shirwani (@HandsOnilm) January 28, 2017
The overt message is what is stated in the flyer. The implied message can be understood by the words she attaches to the photo, as well as the knowledge of recent current events. This is how I can "justify" bringing up the topic, even to younger students. We shouldn't have to justify equity education, but in case you need a reason, take mine.
Not teaching media literacy? What about math? Take a look at these statistics. Find the source. Discuss the rationale.
The teacher-librarian in me wishes that the source was listed. If # s are right, then we must ask why those places? https://t.co/PpMATOB0TC— Diana Maliszewski (@MzMollyTL) January 29, 2017
If you have older students, why not try what @JessLif is doing with her students. She is using the same prompts, but a new text.It's simple. Retweet this.— James Melville ❄️ (@JamesMelville) January 28, 2017
Hypocrisy must be called out.
Fascism must be stamped out.#MuslimBan pic.twitter.com/k29oXlHSA3
On Monday, I'm teaching Ss to synthesize information from videos. I'm switching the video clips I planned to use to news clips about the ban pic.twitter.com/CAROlqnFTn— Jess (@JessLif) January 29, 2017
Whatever way you choose to address this topic, do it. Thank you to my Twitter pal @t8ish1 for bringing this article and video to my attention. We can't be silent. Silence implies consent. We cannot consent to people being tried and judged not by their actions but by their countries of origin.
Brené Brown offers brilliant advice for talking to kids about hateful rhetoric https://t.co/27QoMd79Ee pic.twitter.com/5JvV1qVpVJ— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) January 29, 2017