Losing Weight To Fit In: Is It Worth It?

When you think about the fact that dieting* doesn’t lead to long term weight loss, better health, nor even better self-esteem, what’s really left to recommend dieting?

The only thing that dieting really does is allow us to fit in. Read More Losing Weight To Fit In: Is It Worth It?

Multicultural Education: More Than Books and Posters

I was in a graduate class the other night and we began discussing the subject of culture and its role in the classroom.  A fellow student, who I will call “Amy,” began talking about how multicultural her preschool room is; she has books and posters all over that feature children from all different races and cultures.  The superficiality Read More Multicultural Education: More Than Books and Posters

Biases in Standardized Testing

It’s that dreaded time of year again for teachers: standardized testing time.  The Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) begins February 28th, and I get the joy of having five third-graders who will be taking this exam.    Read More Biases in Standardized Testing

Cultural Appropriation

I’ve had this post by genderbitch open for a while now, with the intention of writing something about it.  In her post, she briefly touches on cultural appropriation and the use of “Two Spirit“ in some trans circles. Two Spirit, a concept originally from certain Native North American traditions has been appropriated by some queer/ trans folks to describe their identity. In her post, genderbitch makes a clear case about the cultural appropriation aspect of this identity/ label. Read More Cultural Appropriation