In a recent article, “Eight Actions to Reduce Racism in College Classrooms,” Shaun R. Harper, founder and executive director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, and I offer a series of recommendations emerging from the more than 40 campus climate assessments conducted by the center. The first action challenges college faculty to recognize their implicit biases and to remediate their racial illiteracy.
On November 13, 2013, entertainment news (read tabloid) company TMZ uncovered a police report naming Florida State University freshman quarterback and Heisman frontrunner, Jameis Winston. This is not an essay about Jameis Winston, per se. I will not engage in speculating about the nature of Winston’s involvement or his understanding of happenings other than those defended to be consensual. I do, however, wish to address broader topics and systems of oppression converging to create an familiar narrative about rape culture, sport, and exceptionalism in defense of rape survivors.
This weekend, town halls in association with NBC News’ Education Nation introduced a number of different concerns within our nation’s educational system. Dr. Melissa Harris Perry hosted several students whom brought to the fore their concerns related to school safety, criminalization of youth, unfair academic standards, and additional social and economic challenges impeding their success and that of their peers. While much of my current work examines issues social justice organizing in education, particularly student activism in college, I want to use this space to engage an ongoing concern for K-12 educators and students, the Common Core State Standards (CSSS).