Posts Tagged ‘Issues’

Is there an exit strategy? Asking questions about TFA

An education blog recently published an open letter to new TFA corps members that is causing quite a stir. Here’s how Katie Osgood begins her message:

Dear New TFA Recruits,

It is summertime, which for those of you newly accepted Read more


Forget required reading; think viral reading

San Mateo County Library:

Give these teens a reason to read.

Not long ago I heard from a Houston high school teacher that my novels The Knife and the Butterfly and What Can’t Wait had gone “viral” among students. It wasn’t that a teacher … Read more


More than guns: a lesson from Sandy Hook shooting

“That could be our town,” I heard people saying on Friday as the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary began to come to light. “That looks so much like my son’s school,” one mother said in the doctor’s waiting room where … Read more


A Journey toward (real) food

Food Not Bombs logo.

The husband and I just finished reading Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, and it has sparked lots of good conversation about our priorities for the food we put onto our–and our … Read more


Writing Hungry

Our grocery carts aren't so full these days.

I’m in the middle of living something new: writing hungry.

I’ve always seen the idea of the starving artist as an unnecessary cliché, but I’m as close as I will likely ever be to living it. (I certainly hope … Read more


Good company for thinking about race in novels

Does depicting racism in the past fuel it or fight it now? (FYI: photo taken in Belfast, Northern Ireland.)

Who else is thinking about race in fiction AND has battled evil garden invaders?

The answer is…. Justine Larbalestier* (psst, that … Read more


Presidential Announcements and the TIME cover: Is the DREAM Act on its way back?

Cover of TIME magazine for June 25, 2012

I haven’t read it yet, but I plan to get my hands on a copy of the June 25 Time magazine because the cover story is close to my heart: the plight … Read more


Juneteenth: a reminder that change comes slowly

This is where Granger is said to have read his proclamation on June 18.

Today is Juneteenth, the commemoration of the actual emancipation of slaves in Texas and other parts of the South on June 18 and 19 in 1865, … Read more


In Texas, school segregation came in shades

Center for American History, University of Texas:

Photo by Russell Lee. 1949, Dimmitt, Texas.

You know about the segregation of black school children in the Jim Crow era, but do you know how it affected the Mexican American community?

For my third novel, I have done a … Read more


Reading Pregnancy: A non-fiction friend for WHAT CAN’T WAIT

I haven’t read it, but this high-interest book looks like a perfect pairing (or follow-up book rec) for WHAT CAN’T WAIT.

I don’t teach high school anymore, but I can’t break the habit of looking for companion texts for books … Read more

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