More Black Doctors could close the disparity of care gap of COVID-19

Disparity of care is thought to be one of the leading causes of why Black people have worse outcomes not only with COVID-19, but with all other health conditions in comparison to whites when it comes to medical care.  What if there were more Black doctors? While watching the James Baldwin vs. William Buckley Jr. …

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Teaching collective care through group-centered learning

Teaching collective care through group-centered learning     When I began teaching, I was initially a great believer in child-centered education. I thought the center of the classroom should be children, and each child should individually be centered. The idea of teacher-centered education was dubious to me. I didn’t want to have a dictatorship where …

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TumbleBook Library free trial for schools and libraries through August 31

There is a great FREE read-aloud books option for children that may be available on your school or neighborhood library’s website right now. It’s called TumbleBooks and it would be under the children’s section. If that option is not currently available to you, reach out to your school or neighborhood library and tell them to …

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“Just let them play,” during COVID-19 mantra rings hollow for economically oppressed children

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood,” Mr. Rogers. But the “Just let them play,” during COVID-19 mantra rings hollow for economically oppressed families without supports. The same households that don’t have the Internet …

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Dr. Adams your explanation of Paw Paw’s death is malpractice

“Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. And call your friends and family. Check-in on your mother; And speaking of mothers, we need you to do this, if not for yourself, then for your Abuela. Do it for your granddaddy. Do it for your Big Mama. Do it for your Pop-Pop. We need you to understand — …

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Color your way to the end of the pandemic

During the peak of COVID-19 quarantine keep young children indoors. I am alarmed by what I see outside of my home during the COVID-19 quarantine. I see children on bikes, parents pushing babies in strollers, and families with young children leisurely walking around and the children do not have on masks. Some people in my …

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On a teleconference that could not just be an email, Sesame Street presents Elmo’s Virtual Playdate

Sesame Street presents Elmo’s (Virtual) Playdate will be airing Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on PBS KIDS and other media. During this challenging time, an always consistent Sesame Workshop, which has a 50-year history of consistently providing useful and engaging children’s programming, is building on its Caring for Each Other- Covid-19 initiative …

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The ability to access online education is a right

https://youtu.be/I4K3bjbQb2E COVID-19 has dropped every educator right in the middle of every argument about online education. As a small start, if we care about the rights of children, each of us needs to fight to make sure every child in America has robust access to the Internet. And if you are as dedicated as I …

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Another childhood is possible through peace education

For working-class children and the most economically oppressed, to be taught to view your neighbors and family suspiciously is a disservice. Oppression feeds on suspicion and mistrust. Marginalized people who do not trust each other, lose the power of community, and that is often their greatest advocate and sustainer. We often talk about the new …

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