Actionable feedback on student writing is not inherently “negative” even though it does suggest something is “wrong” and needs “correcting.”

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The trap results from any teacher’s perception of the role of content knowledge and the acquisition of the knowledge in the teaching/learning process.

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The U.S. has long had a powerful and very vocal conservative and Christian influence that is solidly anti-education.

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At the broadest level, I think students and future scholars need to understand why academia incorporates sources and uses formal citation.

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“The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer.” — James Baldwin. The Nation. July 11, 1966.

James Baldwin wrote in 1966 about the antagonistic relationship between Black Americans and the police; his willingness to interrogate that dynamic provides a powerful framework for rethinking the antagonism between educators and students. (The Nation)

Reading and critical literacy require that the reader come to a text with some awareness of form and genre, and that awareness helps the reader navigate the text for meaning.

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Hypersexualization and exoticizing marginalized (by race and/or gender) characters are standard practices in superhero comics.

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Beware the roadbuilders. They are not here to serve you, they are on their way to bulldoze right over you.

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Republicans and conservatives are seeking indoctrination by omission.

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Paul Thomas

P. L. Thomas, Professor of Education Furman University, taught high school English before moving to teacher education.

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