[NOTE: this article is an adaptation of an email I originally sent to the CHID program at the University of Washington, Seattle of which I am (sorta) an alumni. I am sharing it now in hopes of provoking wider discussion and appropriate actions on these themes]
by Ansel Herz at The Stranger
On November 12, Seattle police had a WMD moment. According to police “intel,” four men had taken over the Horace Mann school building in the Central District, placed a sniper on the roof, and wired the building with explosives, Detective Renee Witt told reporters. Across the street, dozens of armed officers milled about. A SWAT team was on-site, and the entire block was cordoned off.
From our friends at Creativity Not Control:
Over the past year, residents and neighbors in Seattle’s Central District have been organizing alongside organizations like the Umoja P.E.A.C.E Center and the Amistad School to reclaim the historic Horace Mann building for the black community. Some background information on their struggle can has been provided here.
The following statement has been signed by the majority of staff at Nova, the highschool which previously occupied the Mann building; the signers state that they “do not support the forced relocation of the current programs in the Mann building and are working to explore other possibilities.”
Controversial test will not be given in high schools next year, but teachers vow to continue until test is removed at all grade levels
- Jon Queally of Common Dreams
Seattle teachers who took a strong and public stance by refusing to administer a “flawed” but mandatory standardized test earlier this school year are celebrating a victory after an announcement by the school district saying the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test will not be given to high school students next year.
What can we do to help young men respect women, recognize consent, and have healthy sexual relationships? Teach them kindness to others—and the courage to go against the crowd.
When Max was just a few months old, I sat cross-legged on the floor with him in a circle of other mothers. The facilitator for our “Mommy and Me” playgroup would throw a question out to the group, and we would each volley back an answer.
“What quality do you want to instill in your child? What personality characteristic would you most like for your son to be known for?” she asked.
One by one, the mothers answered. “Athletic”, “Good sense of humor”, “Brave”, “Smart”, “Strong”.
The answers blended together until it was my turn to speak. I looked down at the tiny human wiggling around on the blanket in front of me, his perfectly round nose, his full lips that mirrored mine. I stroked the top of his very bald head, and said with confidence: “kind”.
From the Black Orchid Collective:
Teachers at Seattle’s Garfield High School have recently chosen to resist administering a standardized test used for student and teacher evaluation. Ballard High School teachers followed soon after, declaring that they also would resist the test.
This is making big waves locally and nationally. I hope that teachers, students, and parents at other schools in Seattle and across the country extend solidarity to the Garfield and Ballard teachers; you can sign a petition here to suport them. I also hope this kind of action is replicated at other schools. The Garfield and Ballard teachers have shown that when we are unified we don’t need to be passive and cynical; we can resist.