Saturday, October 31, 2009

Videos from Thursday Class

Hi folks,

I told you I would post some of the stuff we watched together on Thursday during our conversation about the LEGACY of Brown v. Board of Education. Here they are:

Videos about Kenneth Clark's Doll Study

Tricia Rose on State of the Black Union

Obama's Speech on Race: A More Perfect Union

On Being an Ally

Dave Chappell on the Importance of Talking about Race

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Readings for Tuesday

Hi folks,

The readings for this week are not exactly readings, but things to check out online. This week marks a shift in the syllabus. Up until this point, we have been reading about broad theories about diversity and difference:

Be the Change
Culture of Power
Normalizing Community
Public Identity v. Private Identity
White Privilege

Now we are going to start to look at historical moments where these topics came into view in our schools. Our topic this week is about Brown vs. Board of Education (1954). You have THREE tasks for this week:

1) I want you to explore this website to give you some background on Brown v. Board of Education.

2) Then I want you to watch these two videos that highlight the work of Tim Wise, author of "Between Barack and a Hard Place"

3) Now blog about it.
What is the relationship between the historical issues you see in the website on Brown v. Board of Education and the contemporary issues of race that Tim Wise raises here.

We will bring in some words from Dr. Tricia Rose in class when we meet on Tuesday!

Leave comments if you have any questions...

Reports on Kozol??

So.... I saw many of you at the Kozol talk on Thursday.

What did you think? I am so curious to hear what resonated with you, what disappointed you, what you agreed with, what you learned.

Comments, anyone??