For nearly six months, Andrew Shirvell, an assistant attorney general for the state of Michigan, has waged an internet campaign against college student Chris Armstrong, the openly gay student assembly president at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Too cool for home school? [Cocoa Mamas]
In researching the home-schooling trend, a movement that seems to be gathering steam, I came across the book “Morning by Morning: How We Home-Schooled Our African-American Sons to the Ivy League.” The author begins the book by stating, somewhat apologetically, that her family had not chosen homeschooling because they concluded it was the best option after researching their sons’ educational opportunities. Rather, they decided on homeschooling in reaction to what “some white people had done to them.”
I can certainly empathize. I have written before about what I think white people might do to my daughter in the school system. As eloquently explained by my co-blogger, the “colorblind” mantra–all the rage since the election of our first black president–dangerously allows people to ignore the ways in which our society’s institutions and systems perpetuate racial inequality. In the classroom, it dangerously allows teachers and students to ignore the ways in which race influences their decisions in a learning environment. And so, I’m anxious about teachers who will underestimate my daughter’s abilities, subject her to racially offensive lessons, or discipline her for “acts of insubordination” that would merely land her white classmates a stern look. I worry about student social patterns, broken down along lines of race, that may render her.
A Reader Asks Me: Should We Adopt? [Yoon's Blur]
It seems to me like one of the issues you and other adoptees bring up a lot is culture. Obviously language and culture are major issues with international adoption, but I’ve also heard the same thing said about black children who were adopted out to white families, that they missed out on black culture.
So what do you do with families that have a complicated culture? What, for example, is the culture of our family? White? Asian? Korean? American? If we were to adopt, how do we reconcile our family with the desire I hear from adult adoptees to be in families as close as possible to their birth families?