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James “Jimmy” Hamilton: The Death of a High School Band Teaching Legend

James “Jimmy” Hamilton: The Death of a High School Band Teaching Legend

Mr. Hamilton had many sons, I was one. He knew what his students needed and made sure each of us worked towards success while listening to his oral history (stories) and experiences to help us avoid making mistakes in life. He did say, “Some of you will touch the flame on the stove just to check and see if it will burn. That’s okay; that’s [...]

The Segregation of Cultural Competence in the Training of Teaching Education

The Segregation of Cultural Competence in the Training of Teaching Education

This week was very hard for me. The guest speaker for one of my classes prompted a conversation about black boys in K-12 and the unfortunate disparities of suspension, disciplinary actions and the disappearance of special education referrals written by teachers. It shocked me to see the professor teaching this class was very uncomfortable talking [...]

Critiquing Curriculum: Why Unattended Messages connect to dehumanizing bias, power, privilege, tokenizing specific social identities – and the omission of specific Identities

Critiquing Curriculum: Why Unattended Messages connect to dehumanizing bias, power, privilege, tokenizing specific social identities – and the omission of specific Identities

After carefully reviewing some curriculum for an 11th grade class, it became obvious the historical context was one-sided and favored the authors point of view; white, male and totally bias in its delivery of important historical circumstances from slavery to the civil rights era. The disproportionate grasp of realities should concern educators, [...]