What #WhiteFeministRants Can Teach Everyone

Today, a hashtag took over Twitter that provides insight into the struggles of Women of Color in feminism, #WhiteFeministRants. Many have taken these tweets as being offensive  and ‘reverse racist.’ They are neither, and I got sick of it, so I decided to write this blog to explain what these tweets mean to those who... Read more »

Chicago School Closures

Chicago School Closures
It finally happened. The school closure list was announced by Chicago Public Schools, and, to soften the blow, instead of 130 schools being closed, ONLY 61 are being closed (54 completely shut-down). Hurray! Someone get CPS a Nobel Peace Prize stat! The only thing worse than painting the school closures as not terrible because it’s... Read more »

Persepolis Banned in Chicago Public Schools?

The internet exploded today with the news that Chicago Public Schools were attempting to remove the graphic novel about the Iranian revolution “Persepolis” from its libraries. They said it has violent scenes that make it an inappropriate book to be taught in schools. I will not disagree that it does have some violent scenes, but... Read more »
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Chicago Schools New Sex Ed Policy

So, in the midst of controversial school closings plan, comes what some are considering a risky new sexual education policy soon to be implemented by Chicago Public Schools. The headlines nationwide appear to focus on the fact that this new policy will have  ”sexual education” for kindergarteners, and apparently, no one seems to care that... Read more »

CPS Stops Kids From Going to Underfunded Schools By Closing Them Down

After many years of  being consistently asked for more funding, Chicago Public School officials finally heeded the calls of parents and teachers and, in an act of mercy, released a list of 129 underfunded schools they plan to close down in the next year. “No school is better than a bad school, right,” chuckled a high-level... Read more »

Do Inner City Kids Need to be Taught 'Grit'?

While on Twitter yesterday a very interesting tweet regarding education popped up on my feed. African American women LEAST likely group to commit suicide. Strong women! Who says we need to teach “grit”??? — Katie Osgood (@KatieOsgood_) January 23, 2013 There was no link to an article that backed up this claim so I went... Read more »
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Five Lies in Obama's Inauguration Speech

Today was a historic moment for America. We inaugurated our African-American president for a second time. However, this time around, the mood is less hopeful for many Americans including myself.  While I hope he can live up to what I wanted him to be  during his first term, when I listened to his speech today,... Read more »

Boxing: Chicago's Solution to Gun Violence?

Medill Reports put out an article today that stated that the Illinois State Crime Commission and the Police Athletic League are going to introduce a new youth anti-violence initiative: learning to box. How will a violent sport deter violence? Boxing lessons will deter gun violence in the sense that it will provide kids with activities instead... Read more »

Aaron Swartz: Remembrance

By now many of you have heard about the untimely death of internet pioneer and activist, Aaron Swartz. The suicide is being blamed on his bouts with depression. His struggles with mental illness were not helped by the overzealous charges he faced for ‘illegally’ downloading articles from JSTOR. For a harmless crime, he faced 13... Read more »
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Celebrities Tapped to Stop Gun Violence in Chicago

As everyone knows, Chicago had the highest murder rate in the US with over 500 homicides in 2012 alone and almost 15 in the New Year. The city is even being compared to Iraq (the hashtag #Chiraq is taking off on Twitter). So, what is Chicago’s plan to stop the escalating murder rate? Superintendent McCarthy... Read more »
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