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Digital Citizenship for Middle School Students: What We Can Do to Prevent Cyberbullying
bullying Digital Citizenship for Middle School Students: What We Can Do to Prevent Cyberbullying Cyberbullying is a persistent problem in middle schools. According to a recent report, bullying in general peaks in middle school with nearly a third of all sixth graders having reported some form of intimidation or harassment online. A solid third of all middle school students from all grades report that they have been victims of cyberbullying. Those statistics have been on a steady rise over the last several years, going up several percentage points each year. continue reading October 22, 2019
diversity Congratulations Connecticut! But Inclusivity Needs to Start Now The Midgard vision of bringing more inclusivity to schools across the country got a major boost from lawmakers in Connecticut this month when the State passed a law requiring high schools to teach African American and Latino history, though only as a one-credit elective. continue reading September 30, 2019
Congratulations Connecticut! But Inclusivity Needs to Start Now
Sharing the Spectrum: Difference Isn’t Disability
education Sharing the Spectrum: Difference Isn’t Disability As a teacher who has worked with students labeled as autistic, Aspergers, ADHD, and other sobriquets denoting positions on the learning disabilities spectrum, I’ve learned that difference isn’t disability. In fact, all six of our Midgard books were developed in what education specialists would call “special ed” classes. Most of my students were reading averse mostly because they were told they were reading averse. In my first year, I was told not to assign any books because these students didn’t read. Naturally, I didn’t take that advice. continue reading September 9, 2019
curriculum Ethnic Studies is History: New Curriculum Guidelines We applaud California’s recent attempts to broaden the curriculum in high school to include greater diversity. We all love Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln, but the American story is so much richer when we include the voices of Hispanics, African-Americans, Native Americans, Jews, Muslims, immigrants of all kinds, gender non-binary folks, the differently abled, and, of course, the most glaring omission in most current history books, women. White men are wonderful, so is everybody else. continue reading September 9, 2019
Ethnic Studies is History: New Curriculum Guidelines
First Person American
education First Person American With more and more middle schools putting emphasis on student research for inquiry-based projects, we realized that a book was needed that would compile great primary sources together in an anthology that made sense for young readers. We wanted to curate a collection of first person documents so that students would get used to experiencing history “as it happened.” continue reading July 21, 2019
education Taming the Tiger Mom After a recent blog post about inclusivity in the classroom, I heard from a parent who suggested I explore the prejudice against Asians. “Everyone assumes we all get straight A’s all the time,” she said. In fact, that bias can be destructive as a recent case of discrimination attests. Several Asian-American students sued Harvard University after getting rejected for admission, they claimed, because they were held to a higher standard than other applicants. continue reading July 4, 2019
Taming the Tiger Mom
Including You
diversity Including You In a recent controversy, one of the nation’s biggest textbook publishers, McGraw-Hill, had to amend a hundred thousand books because of incorrect description of African slaves in the U.S. as “agricultural workers.” Beyond editorial oversight, this reveals a bias towards Euro-American perspectives. continue reading May 4, 2019
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