Posts Tagged With: bias

Do you know what “wigger” means? And that’s just the start…

MUST READ! This article lays bare the tension between prejudice and racism and teaching – how do our own biases as teachers impact the conversation.  Regardless of your stance, this piece will evoke reflection.  First, you need to know what “wigger” means.  At the EdFive, we had no idea.  Secondly, the story of Lincoln Brown is also worth watching. [EF]

Lincoln Brown, a 48-year-old Chicago Public Schools teacher, has filed a federal lawsuit against the district after being suspended without pay for five days for using the “n-word” as a part of a lesson highlighting the “perils of racism,” the Chicago Sun-Times reports…

The incident occurred last October when Brown said he used the n-word after two of his students were passing notes with rap lyrics that included it, according to the Sun-Times. The lawsuit alleges Brown used the word during a “teachable moment” in the context of the book Huckleberry Finn in order to show how such language can hurt. But as the words left Brown’s lips, the school’s principal walked in to the Murray Language Academy classroom…

FULL ARTICLE: Lincoln Brown, Chicago Teacher, Sues For The Right To Say N-Word In Class.

POST SOURCE: HuffPost Education

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Mental Maps and the World

This week’s lesson plan suggestion comes from National Geographic. We’re all familiar with the upside-down maps of the world (McArthur’s probably most known version), but here are some other sample that could be used to teach math (proportions), political analysis (point-of-view), geography, and more. [EF]

Today I noticed a humorous map of the U.S. that highlighted the following of college football in every state, according to the institutions that had the greatest number of fans. I thought it was very clever and probably took a good amount of knowledge to draw up. For instance, in my home state of Virginia, the map shows a greater proportion of maroon (representing Virginia Tech) than blue (for the University of Virginia, VT’s collegiate rival) which is very true. Then I got to thinking about what it was that controlled how this informal cartographer decided to assign the appropriate amounts of school colors all over the 49 states–the absence of Alaska is conspicuous…

Beyond the world of NCAA sports, I remember seeing many maps created simply from a specific perception of the outside world, whether it was truthful (not usually), humorous, or meant as a way to spread awareness of an issue. Here are a few examples of other “mental maps” that I came across…

FULL ARTICLE:  Mental Maps and the World

POST SOURCE:  My WonderfulWorld Blog (National Geographic)

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