So yeah, this weekend was tough, if you were paying attention.
I like to punish myself, by actually listening to the Cheeto and Chief speeches. So there I was Friday night, listening to the Orange One in Alabama salivate at the sight of the crowd in front of him, fellow White Supremacists.
Yep, I said it.
And out of nowhere the Orange Cream-sickle came for Colin Kaepernick and all Black athletes, explaining that owners should fire the “son of bitch” if he dares to kneel during the anthem because he is disrespecting the flag and the military.
I know, I’m a punk because I was actually surprised. Yes, I know. Nothing President Tang says should surprise me. But I still have some humanity dammit. My heart hasn’t turned cold yet.
Then over the weekend Trumpf disinvites Steph Curry from coming to the White House, Lebron James call the Pumpkin Spice Satan, “a bum” and then on Sunday SOME NFL Players bent that knee.
All I could think about this weekend was, what would I do if I was still in the classroom on Monday?
I would have to have Current Events Monday…Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I would bring Current Events back into the classroom.
You remember Current Events right? When I was in Elementary school it was mandatory that we read the newspaper and write a report on it and hand it in every Monday.
I would give Current Events Monday a 21st century update. Students would have to Tweet me (or some other form of social media platform) to share with me what news story they were following over the weekend.
(So, you know news is italicized because, what is news and who determines what news is worth following?)
And then we would have our morning cypha (circle) to have a guided conversation around a topic I choose from the student choices. In these conversations, I would ask students why is this important or not? How does it affect you personally, affect your community? What is the lesson we should learn from this news topic? What do you want to know more about? Is this connected to our content, why or why not?
I would have the students close the conversation by providing a theme or analysis, using a meme or a tweet of the news story (formative assessment.)
I would then use the themes they provide and connect it to whatever unit I was teaching. Now, this becomes my hard work because you know students might determine Kylie Kardashian being pregnant for Travis Scott as news. But, I’m dope enough to make this connect to Global History. Lol!
That’s just what I would do.
I’m wondering, what did you do today? Were your kids or colleagues talking about this? Did you engage, did you ignore?
And let’s not forget, Puerto Rico, Dominica, The US Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Barbuda and a slew of islands that have been destroyed by Hurricane Maria.
Let’s not forget that North Korea is threatening to drop them bombs on us and our allies.
Let’s not forget that the Republicans are trying to destroy the US healthcare system….again.
Let’s not forget the young people of DACA are still in limbo.
My point is:
Ok, no really, my point is that as educators and colleagues, and as humans, we can not continue to ignore all that is happening in the world and in the country right now because we either want to be polite and not cause no drama at work or because we are scared asf, paralyzed with fear, don’t think the students care, or because the children are too young to understand.
Let’s do more than kneel (or in our case as educators, just talk about injustice) but let’s act like Kaep, who is donating 1 Million dollars to various organizations. He didn’t just kneel, y’all.
He acting outchea! He is putting his money where his mouth is. Now what you doing? Because like JayCali told you last week, I know my rights!
But for real though, what did you do today with your students, colleagues or friends? You talked about any of these things?