Why I Hate the Little Mermaid: Ariel as a Cautionary Tale for Teachers

I have a confession, one I’ve made a number of times, but not so publicly as this. I loathe The Little Mermaid.  Not Ariel herself, mind you, but her story is horrifying to me as a feminist and as the parent of, well, I was going to say as the parent of a daughter, but … Continue reading Why I Hate the Little Mermaid: Ariel as a Cautionary Tale for Teachers

“Controversial” Books and Parents: A Dear Colleague Letter

"Controversial" books and parents: a dear colleague letter about intellectual freedom...I, too, am a parent.

More Educators’ Voices Needed

I’m a beneficiary of Oklahoma’s public schools and universities. My last post, “Red Dirt Teacher,” was undoubtedly both inspired by and homage to the teacher with whom I had the pleasure of spending parts of my day in both eighth and ninth grades, Anna Myers.  It won’t likely surprise you that the year I was … Continue reading More Educators’ Voices Needed

Red Dirt Teacher

  The a-mazing spoken word poet Lauren Zuniga visited the OSU Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute last week, and I was inspired to record this piece so the anger comes through as clearly as it should. Sidebar: If you are one of the handful of people who visited my education blog last summer, this is … Continue reading Red Dirt Teacher

Autonomy, Subversive Teaching, and Taking Positive Action in Tumultuous Times: My Response to Nancy Atwell

This is the excerpt for your very first post.